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, July 30, the 211th day of 2014. There are 154 days left in the year.
1864 -- 150 years ago: After Sept. 1, every small box of matches will be required to have a 3 cent duty Lincoln stamp on it, and every large box will be one cent for every 100 matches.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Rock Island residents had contributed a total of $1,293 to the American Red Cross for the Johnstown flood relief fund.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Capt. Clark Means, new darkhorse twirler for the ARGUS staff, was in great form in his initial contest as a mound laborer. The result was that THE ARGUS trimmed the Union 6-5.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Hunter and Humprey Moody, young Decatur, Ill, brothers, lack only a few hours of establishing a new world light plane endurance record.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Gates of the 110th annual Mercer County Fair swing open tonight at Aledo for a full week of day and night activity. More that $36,000 will be paid in premiums and race purses.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The baseball field carved out of the cornfield near Dyersville, Iowa, continues to keep dreams alive for hundreds of visitors. Tourists from 26 state and France have visited Dan Lansing's farm to see the baseball diamond seen in the hit movie "Field of Dreams."






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