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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