Today in history for Sunday, July 7, 2013


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Posted Online: July 06, 2013, 11:10 pm
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Today is Sunday, July 7, the 188th day of 2013. There are 177 days left in the year.
1863 -- 150 years ago: A labor party of ladies and gentlemen from Port Byron andLeClaire came to this city on the evening of the 4th, on an extra train of cars, to witnessthe fireworks and enjoy a pleasant ride. They seemed to have a pleasant time.
1888 -- 125 years ago: Andrew Bell, Democratic nominee for Lieutenant governor ofIllinois, addressed a large rally last night in Moline.
1913 -- 100 years ago: Rock Island has received its new motor fore hose car, purchasedfrom the American LaFrance company for $8.5 (11).
1938 -- 75 years ago: Western League baseball owners at a meeting today permittedRock Island to drop our of the circuit for the rest of the season.
1963 -- 50 years ago: A crowd estimated at about 2,000 was on hand for the third annualfireworks display in Bishop Hill Thursday night.
1988 -- 25 years ago: Western Mercer and southern Rock Island counties are includedin the most severe category of the updated drought index release Wednesday by theNational Meterological Center.















 



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  Today is Wednesday, July 30, the 211th day of 2014. There are 154 days left in the year.
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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