Today in history for Friday, Feb. 8, 2013


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Today is Friday, Feb. 8th, the 39th day of 2013. There are 326 days left in the year.
1863 — 150 years ago: If anybody can find comfort in the telegraphic news today, they will do better than we can — it is all bad, very bad. Success seems to be all with the enemy.
1888 — 125 years ago: Rock Island has adopted new qualifications for its policemen, who must not be less than 5 feet, 7 inches tall, at least 155 pounds in weight and between the ages of 21 and 45.
1913 — 100 years ago: Smallpox is spreading at an alarming rate in East Moline, and the disease is reaching near epidemic proportions.
1938 — 75 years ago: The crest of Rock River's new flood reached Erie today. Conservative estimates of the damage done by the two successive floods this year in the valley are placed at half a million dollars.
1963 — 50 years ago: Moline's proposal to dump garbage in Rural Township was blocked last night by the Rock Island County Zoning Board of Appeals, and it is reported the city of Moline may contest the ruling in Circuit Court.
1988 — 25 years ago: More than 7,000 people braved the cold last weekend to participate in the annual Bald Eagle Days at the Modern Woodman of America offices in RockIsland. Unfortunately the river did not ice over, and there were only a few eagles hovering near Lock & Dam 15 and Arsenal Island.















 




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1864 -- 150 years ago: Yesterday some bold thief stole a full bolt of calico from a box in front of Wadsworth's store, where it was on exhibition.
1889 -- 125 years ago: A team belonging to Peter Priese got away from its driver and made a mad run across the Rock Island Bridge. The driver was thrown from his seat but not hurt.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Carlton Taylor was appointed district deputy grand master for the 14th
Masonic District of Illinois.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Moline's million dollar municipal airport was dedicated to air transportation and the national defense by Lt. Gov. John Stelle.
1964 -- 50 years ago: THE ARGUS will be election headquarters for Rock Island County tomorrow night, and the public is invited to watch the operation. The closing of the polls at 6 p.m. will mark the start of open house in the newsroom. Visitors will see staff members receiving, tabulating and posting returns.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Few bricks actually tumbled, but no one seemed to mind as about 1,000 people gathered to celebrate the formal start of demolition at the site of a downtown civic center.




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