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 Thursday, April 24, the 114th day of 2014. There are 251 days left in the year.

1864 -- 150 years ago: We learn that it is a contemplation to start a paper mill in Rock Island during the summer by a gentleman from the East.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The gates of Oklahoma were swung open at noon today, and a throng of more than 30,000 settlers started over its soil.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The Iowa Coliseum Co. was incorporated with $40,000 capital and planned a building on 4th Street between Warren and Green streets in Davenport.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Plans are being discussed for resurfacing the streets in the entire downtown district of Rock Island.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Some 45 jobs will be created at J.I. Case Co.'s Rock Island plant in a expansion of operations announced yesterday afternoon at the firm's headquarters in Racine, Wis.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Gardeners and farmers cheered, but not all Quad-Citians found joy Saturday as more than an inch of rain fell on the area. Motorists faced dangerous, rain-slick roads as the water activated grease and grime that had built up during dry weather.








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