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 Friday, Sept. 19, the 262nd day of 2014. There are 103 days left in the year.
1864 -- 150 years ago: Charles M. Osborn of this city, a lawyer of prominence, who voted for Lincoln in 1860 is now out strong for McClellan and will take the stump for him.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The George Fleming company had begun its dried fruit packing in a branch plant on 16th Street, Rock Island, employing nearly a hundred workers.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The cornerstone of the new Eagles home was laid. Building committee members were John Kobeman, Fred Ehmke and Frank Wich.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Former Kaiser Wilhelm, in exile, is sad as the Nazis march with communists.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Ninety-two members of the acappella choir at Davenport's West High School today accepted an invitation to perform at the New York World's Fair on June 13, 1965.
1989 -- 25 years ago: A Rock Island woman is one of 50 winners of $10,000 in cash in the Illinois State Lottery's "Celebration "89" instant ticket game. Dawn Loeffler was the third winner to be chosen through daily drawings that began Aug. 28 and will run 50 consecutive days.






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