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: After Sept. 1, every small box of matches will be required to have a 3 cent duty Lincoln stamp on it, and every large box will be one cent for every 100 matches.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Rock Island residents had contributed a total of $1,293 to the American Red Cross for the Johnstown flood relief fund.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Capt. Clark Means, new darkhorse twirler for the ARGUS staff, was in great form in his initial contest as a mound laborer. The result was that THE ARGUS trimmed the Union 6-5.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Hunter and Humprey Moody, young Decatur, Ill, brothers, lack only a few hours of establishing a new world light plane endurance record.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Gates of the 110th annual Mercer County Fair swing open tonight at Aledo for a full week of day and night activity. More that $36,000 will be paid in premiums and race purses.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The baseball field carved out of the cornfield near Dyersville, Iowa, continues to keep dreams alive for hundreds of visitors. Tourists from 26 state and France have visited Dan Lansing's farm to see the baseball diamond seen in the hit movie "Field of Dreams."






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