Today in history for Thursday, March 21, 2013


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Posted Online: March 20, 2013, 11:00 pm
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Today is Thursday, March 21, the 80th day of 2013. There are 285 days left in the year.
1863 — 150 years ago: Large numbers of people are packing ice in Lake Pepin north ofGalena for the southern market. It is firm as a rock and is 34 inches thick.
1888 — 125 years ago: The Rock Island City Council in special session last nightconsidered proposals of the telephone company to install a police and fire alarm systemthroughout the city.
1913 — 100 years ago: Mrs. T.B. Davis yesterday was elected president of the newlyorganized Rock Island Woman's Club.
1938 — 75 years ago: Spring officially arrived at 12:13 a.m. today, but spring weatherjumped the gun, arriving yesterday with a temperature of 76 degrees, 22 above normal.
1963 — 50 years ago: Winter 1962-63, whose walloping of the Northern Hemispherelong will be remembered, yielded to spring at 3:20 a.m. today. U.S. weathermen said thewinter was among the most severe in the past 100 years.
1988 — 25 years ago: At 2:22 Sunday afternoon, the 1987-88 Rock Island basketball teamreached a new high. Despite having lost their last two games, the Rocks were not goingout a loser. Around 1,000 Rocky fans came out Sunday to welcome the state's fourth-place Class AA team back from the state finals, and to give the Rocks one final pat on theback.















 



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1864 -- 150 years ago: Miss McCorkindale has opened millinery rooms over Gimbel's dry goods store, where she offers a choice lot of millinery goods, which she will manufacture to order.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The little South Park Presbyterian chapel celebrated it first Easter decorated with flowers for an afternoon worship service attended by a large congregation.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The Wennerberg Chorus of Augustana College has returned from a 2,000-mile tour in the Eastern states and Illinois.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Col. Charles Lindbergh has stated that he is convinced that Germany's air force is equal to the combined sky fleets of her potential European foes.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Small gas motors may be permitted on boats in the lake to be built in Loud Thunder Forest Preserve. The prospect was discussed yesterday at a meeting of the Rock Island County Forest Preserve Commission.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The annual Dispatch/Rock Island Argus Spelling Bee continues to be a family tradition. Ed Lee, an eighth-grader at John Deere Junior High School, Moline, is the 1989 spelling bee champion from among 49 top spellers in Rock Island, Henry and Mercer counties. He advances to the competition in Washington, D.C. Runnerup was Ed's sister, Susan.






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