I'm throwing an online Oscar party tonight, and you're invited!
I'm gathering some of the biggest pop-culture geeks in the Quad-Cities at the International House of Shane, and we'll be on Quad-Cities Online during the Academy Awards telecast, live-blogging our thoughts, comments and fashion advice from the confines of my living room.
Stop by the QCOnline.com main page and join the fun! Or go directly to qconline.com/live to join in. The party will start at 6:30 p.m. and run until the show ends -- or until we die from boredom and/or old age, whichever happens first.
Today is Wednesday, April 23, the 113th day of 2014. There are 252 days left in the year.
1864 — 150 years ago: Some persons are negotiating for 80 feet of ground on Illinois Street with a view of erecting four stores thereon. It would serve a better purpose if the money was invested in neat tenement houses. 1889 — 125 years ago: The Central station, car house and stables of the Moline-Rock Island Horse Railway line of the Holmes syndicate, together with 15 cars and 42 head of horses, were destroyed by fire. The loss was at $15,000. 1914 — 100 years ago: Vera Cruz, Mexico, after a day and night of resistance to American forces, gradually ceased opposition. The American forces took complete control of the city. 1939 — 75 years ago: Dr. R. Bruce Collins was reelected for a second term as president of the Lower Rock Island County Tuberculosis Association. 1964 — 50 years ago: Work is scheduled to begin this summer on construction of a new men's residence complex and an addition to the dining facilities at Westerlin Hall at Augustana College. 1989 — 25 years ago: Special Olympics competitors were triple winners at Rock Island High School Saturday. The participants vanquished the rain that fell during the competition, and some won their events; but most important, they triumphed over their own disabilities.