Today in history for Monday, July 8, 2013


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Posted Online: July 07, 2013, 9:43 pm
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Today is Monday, July 8, the 189th day of 2013. There are 176 days left in the year.
1863 -- 150 years ago: It is estimated at Gettysburg that Lee's army has lost by desertion,since crossing the Potomac, and aggregate of 6,000 men.
1888 -- 125 years ago: Mayor Virgil M. Blanding today appointed Alfred Beck aschairman of the Rock Island Public Library Board.
1913 -- 100 years ago: W.A.P. Totten and Adam Kramer of Rock Island returned fromGettysburg, Pa, today where they attended the reunion of the "Blue and the Grey, heldJuly 4.
1938 -- 75 years ago: The existing Hennepin canal will operate next year according toofficials of the Mississippi Valley Waterways association.
1963 -- 50 years ago: One man is dead and five firemen were overcome by carbondioxide gas as a result of an explosion in the air conditioning room in the basement of theFort theater Building shortly after 1 this afternoon.
1988 -- 25 years ago: Developers of the 911 emergency telephone network for RockIsland County this week ordered their first shipment of equipment for the embryonicsystem.

















 



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  Today is Thursday, July 31, the 212th day of 2014. There are 153 days left in the year.

1864 -- 150 years ago: A corps of surgeons now occupies the new hospital quarters at the Garrison Hospital on the Rock Island Arsenal. A fence has been installed to enclose the prison hospital.
1889 -- 125 years ago: B. Winter has let a contract to Christ Schreiner for a two story brick building with a double store front on the south side of 3rd Avenue just west of 17th Street. The estimated cost was $4,500.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Germany sent simultaneous ultimatums to Russia and France, demanding that Russia suspend mobilization within 12 hours and demanding that France inform Germany within 18 hours. In the case of war between Germany and Russia, France would remain neutral.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Civil service offices at the post office and the Rock Island Arsenal were swamped as more than 700 youths sought 15 machinist apprenticeships at the Arsenal.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Last night, American Legion Post 246 in Moline figuratively handed over the trousers to a female ex-Marine and petticoat rule began. Olga Swanson, of Moline, was installed as the first woman commander of the post .
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Illinois Quad City Civic Center captured the excitement and interest of a convention of auditorium managers this weekend in Reno, Nev. Bill Adams, civic center authority chairman, said the 10,000-seat arena planned for downtown Moline has caught the eye of construction firms, suppliers, management teams and concession groups.








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