Today in history for Friday, Dec. 28, 2012


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Posted Online: Dec. 27, 2012, 4:14 pm
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Today is Friday, Dec. 28, the 363rd day of 2012. There are 3 days left in the year.
1862 -- 150 years ago: Capt. R.M. Littler was in town yesterday. He is in pretty goodhealth, but minus his left arm, lost in the battle of Shiloh.
1887 -- 125 years ago: R.S. and John Silvis, Rock Island young men, are the winners of arapid calculation contest conducted last night at the Davenport Business College.
1912 -- 100 years ago: The 20th St. paving project between 2nd and 4th Aves. has beenapproved by Ben S. Bell in County Court.
1937 -- 75 years ago: Frank J. Huntoon is retiring after long service with the Tri-CityRailway Company. He was an assistant superintendent.
1962 -- 50 years ago: White flocked trees will encircle the floor of the Gold Room of theBlackhawk Hotel, Davenport, for the Catholic Charity Ball tomorrow evening. Addingto the holiday atmosphere will be green wreaths tied in red and silver ribbons. A buffetdinner will be served from 8:30 to 10 p.m. in the Gold Room West and the upper level ofthe Gold Room. Scott Clark's Orchestra will play throughout the dinner hours and fordancing until 2.a.m.
1987 -- 25 years ago: While the sound of ice scrapers filled the chilly air in the Quad-Cities this morning, the heavy snow that threatened the area moved on north. Only 1inch of the predicted 3 to 6 inches of snow for the Quad-Cities actually fell Sunday nightthrough this morning.

















 



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  Today is Tuesday, July 29, the 210th day of 2014. There are 155 days left in the year.

1864 -- 150 years ago: Col. H.F. Sickless informs us that there will be new organization of troops in this state under the call for more men.
1889 -- 125 years ago: James Normoyle arrived home after graduating from West Point with honors in the class of 1889. He was to report to Fort Brady, Mich., as second lieutenant in the 23rd Infantry.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Austria Hungary declared war on Serbia. Germany and Austria refused an invitation of Sir Edward Grey to join Great Britain at a mediation conference.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Dr. William Mayo, the last of the three famous Mayo brother surgeons, died at the age of 78.
1964 -- 50 years ago: One of the biggest horse shows of the season was held yesterday at Hillandale Arena on Knoxville Road under the sponsorship of the Illowa Horsemen's Club.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Davenport is like a gigantic carnival this weekend with the Bix Arts Fest taking over 12 square blocks of the downtown area. A festive atmosphere prevailed Friday as thousands of people turned out to sample what the Arts Fest has to offer.








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