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 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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