Today in history for Thursday, Feb. 20, 2014


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Posted Online: Feb. 20, 2014, 12:00 am
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Today is Thursday, Feb. 20, the 51st day of 2014. There are 314 days left in the year.
1864 -- 150 years ago: Col. B.S. Porter, commissioner of prisoners at the Rock Island Barracks, has been in Washington for several days on business.
1889 -- 125 years ago: St. Paul Lodge, Rock Island, observed the 25th anniversary of the order of Knights of Pythias.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Ms. Ruth Blakemore, Rock Island, placed third in the Big Eight high school girls declamatory contest.
1939 -- 75 years ago: A February "heat wave" with temperatures up to 56 degrees was unceremoniously chased out of the Quad-Cities last night by a rude north wind. The mercury dropped 43 degrees in 23 hours.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Jacqueline Arnold and John Robertson have been named valedictorian and salutatorian, respectively, of the 1964 graduating class at Rock Island High School. They top a list of 193 honor students.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Cody Lawver, of Moline, wanted out of his stroller. As music spilled from the stage at Davenport's RiverCenter, the 20-month-old boy wriggled with interest, ready to join the fun at the first Rock & Roll Expo. The two-day festival hosted by WXLP-FM attracted more than 5,000 people.















 




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  Today is Monday, Sept. 1, the 244th day of 2014. There are 121 days left in the year.

1864 -- 150 years ago: We are informed by J.H. Hull that the reason the street sprinkler was not at work yesterday settling the dust on the streets, was because one of his horses was injured.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Bonnie McGregor, a fleet-footed stallion owned by S.W. Wheelock of this community, covered himself with glory at Lexington, Ky, when he ran a mile in 2:13 1/2. The horse's value was estimated as at least $50,000.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Troops are pouring into Paris to prepare for defense of the city. The German army is reported to be only 60 miles from the capital of France.
1939 -- 75 years ago: The German army has invaded Poland in undeclared warfare. Poland has appealed to Great Britain and France for aid.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Publication of a plant newspaper, the Farmall Works News, has been launched at the Rock Island IHC factory and replaces a managerial newsletter.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Officials predict Monday's Rock Island Labor Parade will be the biggest and best ever. Last minute work continues on floats and costumes for the parade, which steps off a 9:30 a.m.




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