Today in history for Thursday, Jan. 2, 2014


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Posted Online: Jan. 01, 2014, 12:45 am
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Today is Thursday, Jan. 2, the 2nd day of 2014. There are 363 days left in the year.
1864 -- 150 years ago: Since the memorable storm of January 1895, this vicinity has not been visited by anything too severe until the great storm commenced last Dec 31.
1889 -- 125 years ago: A total eclipse of the sun was visible to residents of Rock Island who provided themselves with smoke glasses. The phenomenon began at 1:44 p.m.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Professor Thor Norberg, celebrated swimmer and diver of Rock Island, took his annual dip at 10 this morning in the icy waters of the Mississippi River, clad only in a scant summer bathing suit.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Rock Island stood head and shoulders above other communities of the Tri-City area on major construction projects developed during 1938, this city's work totaling $7,309,788.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Robert S. Gustafson, son of Mr. and Mrs. Anton Gustafson, 2123 44th St., Moline, left Hawaii today to being a two-year assignment as a Peace Corps volunteer in Thailand.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Quad-Cities streets became a giant skid row this morning as freezing drizzle slickened roadways and led to several minor accidents.The same icy conditions may occur tonight.

















 



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  Today is Wednesday, April 23, the 113th day of 2014. There are 252 days left in the year.

1864 — 150 years ago: Some persons are negotiating for 80 feet of ground on Illinois Street with a view of erecting four stores thereon. It would serve a better purpose if the money was invested in neat tenement houses.
1889 — 125 years ago: The Central station, car house and stables of the Moline-Rock Island Horse Railway line of the Holmes syndicate, together with 15 cars and 42 head of horses, were destroyed by fire. The loss was at $15,000.
1914 — 100 years ago: Vera Cruz, Mexico, after a day and night of resistance to American forces, gradually ceased opposition. The American forces took complete control of the city.
1939 — 75 years ago: Dr. R. Bruce Collins was reelected for a second term as president of the Lower Rock Island County Tuberculosis Association.
1964 — 50 years ago: Work is scheduled to begin this summer on construction of a new men's residence complex and an addition to the dining facilities at Westerlin Hall at Augustana College.
1989 — 25 years ago: Special Olympics competitors were triple winners at Rock Island High School Saturday. The participants vanquished the rain that fell during the competition, and some won their events; but most important, they triumphed over their own disabilities.




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