Today in history for Thursday, Jan. 17, 2013


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Posted Online: Jan. 17, 2013, 6:00 am
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Today is Thursday, Jan.17th, the 17th day of 2013. There are 348 days left in the year.
1863 -- 150 years ago: Gold dropped to 45 ½ cents today in New York.
1888 -- 125 years ago: Col. John Dickson, whose family was among the earliest settlersin Milan, died on Jan 15.
1913 -- 100 years ago: Plans for a looping system of street cars in Rock Island with aterminal at 17th Street and Second Avenue are being considered by the city commission.
1938 -- 75 years ago: Six million Americans yesterday were unable to go to work orschool or perform regular jobs because of illness. Most of the illness occurs in the low incomefamilies.
1963 -- 50 years ago: For the first time in a week, the mercury will not drop below zeroduring the night, according to the Quad-City Weather Bureau, but the respite likely is to be short-lived.
1988 -- 25 years ago: Quad-Citians saw all the familiar signs on Saturday – the meltingice and snow, warmer temperatures and water everywhere. However, the big spring thaw has not arrived. According to the National Weather Service, Moline, winter hasnot ended, and today and Monday should clear up any confusion area residents mighthave. There is a 70 percent chance of rain or snow today continuing into the evening.Temperatures will be colder with highs in the 30s.

















 



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  Today is Wednesday, Oct. 1, the 274th day of 2014. There are 91 days left in the year.

1864 -- 150 years ago: It is rumored in the streets that the 13 negroes sent to Quincy on the Moline quota were refused. We think this must be a mistake.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Harvey McKenna, of Detroit, billiard player matched to play Wizard Schafer in New York in January for the world championship, was a professional friend and manager, Billy Catton in Rock Island.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Levi Cralle, former Rock Island county sheriff, had come from his farm near Mitchell, S.D. to visit friends in the city.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Work is being rushed on the new high school building in Orion to replace the one destroyed by fire last winter. Classes are being held in churches.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Rehearsals for the 84th season of the Handel Oratorio Society chorus will begin at 7:30 p.m. Monday on the stage of Centennial Hall, Augustana College.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Rock Island City Council's plan announced this week to have the federal government vacate Valley Homes public housing and move residents to Arsenal Courts to reduce density may not be feasible.






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