Today in history for Wednesday, Feb. 6, 2013


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Posted Online: Feb. 06, 2013, 6:00 am
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Today is Wednesday, Feb. 6, the 37th day of 2013. There are 328 days left in the year.
1863 -- 150 years ago: The most magnificent sight of the season could be witnessed lastnight on the ice above the bridge where more than 100 young men and half as manyyoung women in gray dresses, were skimming over the clear ice on skates.
1888 -- 125 years ago: A railroad freight war being conducted by major western railroadsis expected to have a beneficial effect on Rock Island.
1913 -- 100 years ago: E. E. Ryden, student at Augustana College, has been electedpresident of the Augustana Chess Club.
1938 -- 75 years ago: Watching a power lineman, Frank Willhite, of Milan, repair a4,800 volt line "while it was hot" was an unplanned feature of the state conference of theInternational Brotherhood of Electrical Workers today in the Fort Armstrong Hotel. Thedefective insulator above 19th Street was on the same level as the conference floor.
1963 -- 50 years ago: Emil G. VanVooren, 1845 5th St., Moline, a 25-year employee atthe Moline Post Office, today was named assistant postmaster.
1988 -- 25 years ago: For the seniors in the Moline basketball program, it has been a longand sometimes frustrating four years of waiting. They'll have to wait no longer, as theMaroons beat Rock Island 59-53 before more than 5,000 fans in a noisy, hot WhartonField House on Friday night. During the past four basketball seasons, this group of Moline seniors had never defeated a Rock Island team. That was, until last night.















 




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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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