Today in history for Monday, Feb. 17, 2014


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Today is Monday, Feb. 17, the 48th day of 2014. There are 317 days left in the year.
1864 -- 150 years ago: The Western Boys will give a ball at Island City Hall on the anniversary of Washington's birthday.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The Fisk University Jubilee Singers presented a musical program at Harper's Theater for the benefit of Buford Post, Grand Army of the Republic.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Ruth Blakemore was selected to represent Rock Island High School in the Big Eight declamatory contest for girls.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Ray Brunswig, 12, a Frances Willard school safety patrol captain, was credited with saving Clifford Householder, 4, from serious injury when he snatched the little boy from the path of a car.
1964 -- 50 years ago: A $500,000 remodeling project will begin early this spring at the Petersen-Harned-Von Maur Department Store at 2nd and Main streets, Davenport, Cable G. Von Maur, president of the 92-year-old firm, has announced.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Hampton School Board has clarified its policy on student eligibility for extracurricular activities. The new policy says students in grades 5-8 who are not doing overall passing work at the end of the third week of each grading period will not be eligible to participate in extracurricular activities for two weeks.















 



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  Today is Thursday, July 31, the 212th day of 2014. There are 153 days left in the year.

1864 -- 150 years ago: A corps of surgeons now occupies the new hospital quarters at the Garrison Hospital on the Rock Island Arsenal. A fence has been installed to enclose the prison hospital.
1889 -- 125 years ago: B. Winter has let a contract to Christ Schreiner for a two story brick building with a double store front on the south side of 3rd Avenue just west of 17th Street. The estimated cost was $4,500.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Germany sent simultaneous ultimatums to Russia and France, demanding that Russia suspend mobilization within 12 hours and demanding that France inform Germany within 18 hours. In the case of war between Germany and Russia, France would remain neutral.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Civil service offices at the post office and the Rock Island Arsenal were swamped as more than 700 youths sought 15 machinist apprenticeships at the Arsenal.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Last night, American Legion Post 246 in Moline figuratively handed over the trousers to a female ex-Marine and petticoat rule began. Olga Swanson, of Moline, was installed as the first woman commander of the post .
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Illinois Quad City Civic Center captured the excitement and interest of a convention of auditorium managers this weekend in Reno, Nev. Bill Adams, civic center authority chairman, said the 10,000-seat arena planned for downtown Moline has caught the eye of construction firms, suppliers, management teams and concession groups.








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