Today in history for Saturday, April 20, 2013


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Posted Online: April 19, 2013, 11:00 pm
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Today is Saturday, April 20, the 110th day of 2013. There are 255 days left in the year.
1863 — 150 years ago: Look out for your hogs, all who keep the animals within the city limits. The new marshal is doing his business thoroughly, so if the hogs are suffered to run at large they will be "gobbled up" and sold.
1888 — 125 years ago: The cornerstone of South Park Presbyterian mission will be laid at 4 p.m. today. The Rev. W.S. Marquis of Broadway Presbyterian Church will officiate.
1913 — 100 years ago: Dr. J.P. Comegys, of Rock Island, has been named post surgeon at the Rock Island Arsenal.
1938 — 75 years ago: Farmers from the Rock Island trading area will be feted tonight at a farm-city dinner in the cafeteria at Rock Island's new $1,225,000 high school building under sponsorship of the Kiwanis Club and the Chamber of Commerce.
1963 — 50 years ago: The Rock Island downtown area will be turned into a circus grounds overnight tonight in preparation for one of the largest promotional events everstaged by the Rock Island Retail Bureau. An official with the Polly Miller Big TopSpectacular estimates a total of 250,000 people will throng the downtown area through the five-day promotion which begins tomorrow and runs through Saturday.
1988 — 25 years ago: Augustana College gave Queen Silvia, of Sweden, a royal welcome this morning in honor of Her Majesty's first visit to the Rock Island Campus, the oldest Swedish College in America. The queen's visit is part of a 16-city U.S. tour celebratingNew Sweden '88, the 350th anniversary of the first permanent Swedish settlement in North America.















 




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1864 — 150 years ago: It is estimated that 300,000 people attended the recent Democratic convention in Chicago when Gen. George B. McClellan of New Jersey was nominated as a candidate for president of the United States.
1889 — 125 years ago: Alderman Frank Ill, Winslow Howard and Captain J.M. Montgomery returned from Milwaukee, where they attended the national Grand Army of the Republic encampment.
1914 — 100 years ago: Three members of the Rock Island YMCA accepted positions as physical directors of other associations. Albert Cook went to Kewanee, C.D. Curtis to Canton and Willis Woods to Leavenworth, Kan.
1939 — 75 years ago: Former President Herbert Hoover appealed for national support of President F.D. Roosevelt and Congress in every effort to keep the United States out of war.
1964 — 50 years ago: The Rock Island Junior chamber pf Commerce has received answers to about 65 % of the 600 questionnaires mailed out recently in a "Community Attitude Survey" to analyze sentiments of citizens towards their city's various recreational, educational, and civic service programs.
1989 — 25 years ago: The two thunderstorms passing through the Quad Cities last night and early today left some area residents reaching for their flashlights.






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