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 Monday, April 21, the 111th day of 2014. There are 254 days left in the year.

1864 -- 150 years ago: The female sex seems to have gone crazy on the subject of dry goods. When high prices keep them from increasing their wardrobes, they turn to stealing. Yard goods, hats, shoes and other items are being picked up and carried home.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Members of Everts Commandery No. 18, Knights Templar, under Commander H.C. Cleaveland, marched from the Masonic Temple to Trinity Episcopal Church for their annual Easter services.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Nate Hultgren pitched the Augustana College baseball team to a 10-3 victory over Carthage, striking out 11 men and allowing only four hits.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Marvel Leonhardi, a Rock Island High School senior, was the winner of an essay contest on advertising sponsored by The Argus and Advertising Age, a national advertising publication.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The Augustana College band drew a crowd of 1,200 people for its annual home concert in Centennial Hall. The size of the crowd was indicative of the fact the band is rapidly approaching the stature of the Augustana Choir.
1989 -- 25 years ago: A benefit to raise money for extracurricular activities in the Rock Island Milan School District will be April 27 at the Quad City Downs harness race track. People buying $17.50 tickets to the second annual "Night at the Quad City Downs" will be entitled to an evening of harness racing and dinner.






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