Today in history for Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2013


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Posted Online: Feb. 05, 2013, 6:00 am
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Today is Tuesday, Feb. 5, the 36th day of 2013. There are 329 days left in the year.
1863 -- 150 years ago: Last Saturday was one of the most beautiful days of the year,mercury 45 degrees above zero, town full of teams and wheat worth one dollar a bushel.
1888 -- 125 years ago: The first February rain, which probably will be followed by manyothers, fell in Rock Island today.
1913 -- 100 years ago: The Rock Island High School basketball team is on a two-day tripfor games with Monmouth and Abingdon.
1938 -- 75 years ago: The House of Representatives today passed a bill permitting the city of Rock Island to erect a $2,500,000 bridge across the Mississippi River betweenRock Island and Davenport.
1963 -- 50 years ago: A house, the former parsonage of First Methodist Church, RockIsland, was moved today from 1814 5th Ave., Rock Island, to the new site at 8th Street and 13th Avenue, Rock Island. The 100-ton structure was moved by an eight-man crew of theJim Wallace Construction Co., of Wyanet. The house was moved west on 5th Avenue, thewrong way on the one-way street, by special police permission.
1988 -- 25 years ago: Area residents now have a place to ice skate, thanks to the villageboard. Trustee Rick Gilliland, chairman of the park and recreation committee, toldthe board on Monday night the new rink on 2nd Avenue is ready for use. The villageflooded three vacant lots near the tennis courts for ice skating after obtaining permissionfrom the owners.















 



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  Today is Wednesday, July 30, the 211th day of 2014. There are 154 days left in the year.
1864 -- 150 years ago: After Sept. 1, every small box of matches will be required to have a 3 cent duty Lincoln stamp on it, and every large box will be one cent for every 100 matches.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Rock Island residents had contributed a total of $1,293 to the American Red Cross for the Johnstown flood relief fund.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Capt. Clark Means, new darkhorse twirler for the ARGUS staff, was in great form in his initial contest as a mound laborer. The result was that THE ARGUS trimmed the Union 6-5.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Hunter and Humprey Moody, young Decatur, Ill, brothers, lack only a few hours of establishing a new world light plane endurance record.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Gates of the 110th annual Mercer County Fair swing open tonight at Aledo for a full week of day and night activity. More that $36,000 will be paid in premiums and race purses.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The baseball field carved out of the cornfield near Dyersville, Iowa, continues to keep dreams alive for hundreds of visitors. Tourists from 26 state and France have visited Dan Lansing's farm to see the baseball diamond seen in the hit movie "Field of Dreams."






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