Today in history for Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2013


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Posted Online: Feb. 20, 2013, 6:00 am
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Today is Wednesday, Feb. 20, the 51st day of 2013. There are 314 days left in the year.
1863 -- 150 years ago: Today we are having a heavy fall of rain. The roads are horrible – scarcely a country team in town.
1888 -- 125 years ago: R. E. Spangler, United States Postal Inspector, is visiting RockIsland in connection with the possible location of a federal building to house the postoffice and engineer's offices.
1913 -- 100 years ago: John D. Cady, of the Rock Island Arsenal Golf Club, will lead theWestern Golf Association in matches on the Pacific Coast.
1938 -- 75 years ago: Mrs. C. W. Hawes yesterday was elected to her 26th term aspresident of the Women's Missionary Society of the South Park Presbyterian Church.
1963 -- 50 years ago: Winter returned to the Quad-City area today, starting with an earlymorning snowfall that by noon dumped 1.6 inches of snow and ending with a coldwave that will send temperatures down to 5 to 10 below zero tonight.
1988 -- 25 years ago: Police say a rivalry between high school students from Rock Islandand East Moline has sparked fights between teenagers for two consecutive weekends atSouthPark Mall in Moline. Police said they hope the violence won't be repeated this weekend andare taking steps to prevent it.















 




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  Today is Wednesday, April 16, the 106th day of 2014. There are 259 days left in the year.
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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