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, 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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