Today in history for Tuesday, Sept. 3, 2013


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Posted Online: Sept. 02, 2013, 11:00 pm
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Today is Tuesday, Sept. 3, the 246th day of 2013. There are 119 days left in the year.
1863 -- 150 years ago: This morning men were set at work breaking ground on the islandfor the Rock Island Arsenal.
1888 -- 125 years ago: The Argus today increased the size of its daily publication to ninecolumns, 27 inches, from eight columns, 24 inches.
1913 -- 100 years ago: Attendance at the closing session of the Methodist campgroundmeeting last night was 750.
1938 -- 75 years ago: Former resident Edward H. Young, professor of romanticlanguages at Duke University, visited here today. He declared that "people throughoutEurope appear to be living in fright of war."
1963 -- 50 years ago: A strong arm robbery was reported last night to Rock Island police.The victim Homer Hartley, of Rock Island, said two men took $93 from him while they wereon the riverfront at 2nd Avenue.
1988 -- 25 years ago: A national accrediting association has commended the Moline HighSchool fine arts department and recommended a longer school day among changes forimproving high school education in Moline.


















 



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  Today is Wednesday, July 30, the 211th day of 2014. There are 154 days left in the year.
1864 -- 150 years ago: After Sept. 1, every small box of matches will be required to have a 3 cent duty Lincoln stamp on it, and every large box will be one cent for every 100 matches.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Rock Island residents had contributed a total of $1,293 to the American Red Cross for the Johnstown flood relief fund.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Capt. Clark Means, new darkhorse twirler for the ARGUS staff, was in great form in his initial contest as a mound laborer. The result was that THE ARGUS trimmed the Union 6-5.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Hunter and Humprey Moody, young Decatur, Ill, brothers, lack only a few hours of establishing a new world light plane endurance record.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Gates of the 110th annual Mercer County Fair swing open tonight at Aledo for a full week of day and night activity. More that $36,000 will be paid in premiums and race purses.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The baseball field carved out of the cornfield near Dyersville, Iowa, continues to keep dreams alive for hundreds of visitors. Tourists from 26 state and France have visited Dan Lansing's farm to see the baseball diamond seen in the hit movie "Field of Dreams."






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