Today in history for Friday, March 22, 2013


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Posted Online: March 21, 2013, 11:00 pm
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Today is Friday, March 22, the 81st day of 2013. There are 284 days left in the year.
1863 -- 150 years ago: The first of a series of 12 lessons in vocal music will be givenin the lecture room of the Methodist Church tomorrow evening. All who wish are invitedto attend the singing school.
1888 -- 125 years ago: The ferry Spencer has been taken out of winter quarterspreparatory to resuming regular trips between Rock Island and Davenport.
1913 -- 100 years ago: The Rock Island Masonic Temple, under construction at 18th Street and 5th Avenue, is to be completed by June 1.
1938 -- 75 years ago: Melford J. Norby has been elected to a six-year term as countysuperintendent of highways by the Rock Island County Board.
1963 -- 50 years ago: A record breaking 28,000 persons have filed through the RockIsland Armory during the first six days of the nine-day fourth annual Mississippi ValleyHome and Garden Show. Coins tossed into the model swimming pool now total about$50. The money will be given to the Crippled Children's Foundation of Rock IslandCounty.
1988 -- 25 years ago: North Campus of United Township High School should be closedand $6.6 million should be spent to fit another 1,000 students into South Campus,according to a study by the Illinois State Board of Education presented on Monday. "Wefound that the North Campus is a pretty inadequate building," said John Weese, fieldconsultant for the state board.















 




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  Today is Monday, Sept. 1, the 244th day of 2014. There are 121 days left in the year.

1864 -- 150 years ago: We are informed by J.H. Hull that the reason the street sprinkler was not at work yesterday settling the dust on the streets, was because one of his horses was injured.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Bonnie McGregor, a fleet-footed stallion owned by S.W. Wheelock of this community, covered himself with glory at Lexington, Ky, when he ran a mile in 2:13 1/2. The horse's value was estimated as at least $50,000.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Troops are pouring into Paris to prepare for defense of the city. The German army is reported to be only 60 miles from the capital of France.
1939 -- 75 years ago: The German army has invaded Poland in undeclared warfare. Poland has appealed to Great Britain and France for aid.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Publication of a plant newspaper, the Farmall Works News, has been launched at the Rock Island IHC factory and replaces a managerial newsletter.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Officials predict Monday's Rock Island Labor Parade will be the biggest and best ever. Last minute work continues on floats and costumes for the parade, which steps off a 9:30 a.m.




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