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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1864 -- 150 years ago: The ladies have adopted the fashion of wearing representations of insects in the flowers on their bonnets. Some look very natural.
1889 -- 125 years ago: T.F. Cary, former Rock Island alderman, has accepted a position as salesman for a Chicago wallpaper house and plans to move to that city.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Work on the new telephone building on 18th Street between 6th and 7th avenues is progressing rapidly.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Rock Island's new theater at 3rd Avenue and 19th Street will have a name significant of its location. The "Rocket" is scheduled to open Thanksgiving Day.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Two of Rock Island's newest water towers were vandalized last night, including the one at 38th Street and 31st Avenue, where police took five Moline boys into custody about 9 p.m..
1989 -- 25 years ago: Some of us who live in the Quad-Cities take the Mississippi River for granted, or at least we used to. But the river is not taken for granted by our visitors. And most Quad-Citians are realizing the importance of the river to this area as increased emphasis is placed on tourism.







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