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 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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