Today in history for Thursday, Oct. 31, 2013


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Posted Online: Oct. 30, 2013, 8:12 pm
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Today is Thursday, Oct. 31, the 304th day of 2013. There are 61 days left in the year.
1863 -- 150 years ago: The new steamer, which is being finished at our levee by Capt. Add. Hine, will be ready to run in a short time.
1888 -- 125 years ago: Bert Cunningham, Moline's great baseball pitcher, who hurled for the Baltimores during the 1888 season, has returned home for the winter.
1913 -- 100 years ago: Indications are that football in Rock Island High School will be abolished at the end of the 1913 season because of lack of interest and poor attendance, according to Manager A.G. Hill.
1938 -- 75 years ago: The Tri-Cities shared a nationwide alarm and panic over a radio broadcast of a skit entitled "Invasion from Mars", which hundreds of listeners thought was the real thing.
1963 -- 50 years ago: A book entitled "The High Prairie" has been written and published by Louis Detlef Hauberg, a historian and member of a pioneer area family. In his book, Hauberg, the founder of the Coe Township Museum near Port Byron, tells of the early days in Rock Island County with emphasis on activities in the upper region of the county.
1988 -- 25 years ago: Moline has received a national award for urban development excellence, recognizing a housing improvement program that has helped repair more than 1,000 homes since 1975.

















 




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  Today is Wednesday, April 16, the 106th day of 2014. There are 259 days left in the year.
1864 -- 150 years ago: Yesterday some bold thief stole a full bolt of calico from a box in front of Wadsworth's store, where it was on exhibition.
1889 -- 125 years ago: A team belonging to Peter Priese got away from its driver and made a mad run across the Rock Island Bridge. The driver was thrown from his seat but not hurt.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Carlton Taylor was appointed district deputy grand master for the 14th
Masonic District of Illinois.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Moline's million dollar municipal airport was dedicated to air transportation and the national defense by Lt. Gov. John Stelle.
1964 -- 50 years ago: THE ARGUS will be election headquarters for Rock Island County tomorrow night, and the public is invited to watch the operation. The closing of the polls at 6 p.m. will mark the start of open house in the newsroom. Visitors will see staff members receiving, tabulating and posting returns.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Few bricks actually tumbled, but no one seemed to mind as about 1,000 people gathered to celebrate the formal start of demolition at the site of a downtown civic center.




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