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 Friday, July 25, the 206th day of 2014. There are 159 days left in the year.

1864 -- 150 years ago: Walter Jones, of Co, F 23rd Ky, volunteers, lost a satchel on the Camden road, yesterday, containing his papers of discharge from the army.
1889 -- 125 years ago: E. W. Robinson purchased from Mrs. J.T. Miller the livery stable on the triangle south of Market square.
1914 -- 100 years ago: A municipal; bathing beach was advocated at the weekly meeting of the city commission by commissioner Rudgren, who suggested the foot of Seventh Street as an excellent location.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Floyd Shetter, Rock Island county superintendent schools, announced teachers hired for nearly all of the 95 rural and village grade schools in the county.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The mercury officially reached the season's previous high of 95 about noon today and continued upward toward an expected mark of 97.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Fort Armstrong hotel once the wining and dining chambers of Rock Island's elite is under repair. Progress is being made though at a seeming snail's pace to return the building to a semblance of its past glory for senior citizen's homes.








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