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 Monday, Sept. 1, the 244th day of 2014. There are 121 days left in the year.

1864 -- 150 years ago: We are informed by J.H. Hull that the reason the street sprinkler was not at work yesterday settling the dust on the streets, was because one of his horses was injured.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Bonnie McGregor, a fleet-footed stallion owned by S.W. Wheelock of this community, covered himself with glory at Lexington, Ky, when he ran a mile in 2:13 1/2. The horse's value was estimated as at least $50,000.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Troops are pouring into Paris to prepare for defense of the city. The German army is reported to be only 60 miles from the capital of France.
1939 -- 75 years ago: The German army has invaded Poland in undeclared warfare. Poland has appealed to Great Britain and France for aid.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Publication of a plant newspaper, the Farmall Works News, has been launched at the Rock Island IHC factory and replaces a managerial newsletter.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Officials predict Monday's Rock Island Labor Parade will be the biggest and best ever. Last minute work continues on floats and costumes for the parade, which steps off a 9:30 a.m.




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