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.