Today in history for Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2013


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Posted Online: Jan. 16, 2013, 6:10 am
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Today is Wednesday, Jan.16th, the 16th day of 2013. There are 349 days left in the year.
1863 -- 150 years ago: Those who issued checks for small change will retire themfrom circulation as soon as possible. Postal currency and small city orders will furnishchange enough for business purpose.
1888 -- 125 years ago: Rock Island noted a 45 degree drop in the temperature yesterdaywithin eight hours as the mercury plunged from 34 above zero to 13 degrees below.
1913 -- 100 years ago: The rabbit hunting season is in full swing in Rock Island County.Ducks are plentiful, but quail are scarce.
1938 -- 75 years ago: The nation's new warship building program, tentative statisticsshowed today, will provide work in the next fiscal year for 77,000 men.
1963 -- 50 years ago: A study of traffic signals and their effect on traffic tie-ups nearrailroad crossings will be undertaken by Silvis and East Moline city officials as a result ofaction taken last night by the Silvis City Council.
1988 -- 25 years ago: Drivers on Interstate 280 through the Quad-Cities will have to slowdown beginning Tuesday. The speed limit for 17 miles from the Mississippi River toInterstate 80 will be cut back from 65 mph to 55 mph because of a definition clarificationof a rural interstate from the Federal Highway Administration, Transportation SecretaryGreg Baise said on Thursday.















 




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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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