Today in history for Saturday, Aug. 9, 2014

Posted Online: Aug. 08, 2014, 6:54 pm
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Today is Saturday, Aug. 9, the 221st day of 2014. There are 144 days left in the year.

1864 -- 150 years ago: A telegram from St. Paul: "The river is still rising about an inch a day. There have been heavy rains."
1889 -- 125 years ago: Work on the 2nd Avenue paving project was started by 20 men employed by Atkinson & Oloff, contractors.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Germany sent a second ultimatum to Belgium declaring that Germany is prepared to use force of arms in any measure it considers necessary in operations against France.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Tri-City residents snuggled under blankets last night as the temperature dropped to 57 degrees, the coolest since the 52-degree reading June 4.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The community development committee of the Moline Association of Commerce assured Black Hawk College Board of Education last night that it would do "everything we can" to keep the school in Moline.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Rock Island Housing Authority will submit a final application today to the federal government for a $1.6 million grant to improve Valley Homes housing project.


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  Today is Monday, Oct. 20, the 293rd day of 2014. There are 72 days left in the year.

1864 -- 150 years ago: The store of Devoe and Crampton was entered and robbed of about $500 worth of gold pens and pocket cutlery last night.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Michael Malloy was named president of the Tri-City Stone Cutters Union.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Dewitte C. Poole, former Moline newspaperman serving as vice consul general for the United States government in Paris, declared in a letter to friends that the once gay Paris is a city of sadness and desolation.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Plans for the construction of an $80,000 wholesale bakery at 2011 4th Ave. were announced by Harry and Nick Coin, of Rock Island. It is to be known as the Banquet Bakery.
1964 -- 50 years ago: An application has been filed for a state permit to organize a savings and loan association in Moline, it was announced. The applicants are Ben Butterworth, A.B. Lundahl, C. Richard Evans, John Harris, George Crampton and William Getz, all of Moline, Charles Roberts, Rock Island, and Charles Johnson, of Hampton.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Indian summer is quickly disappearing as temperatures slide into the 40s and 50s this week. Last week, highs were in the 80s.

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