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 Wednesday, Oct. 1, the 274th day of 2014. There are 91 days left in the year.

1864 -- 150 years ago: It is rumored in the streets that the 13 negroes sent to Quincy on the Moline quota were refused. We think this must be a mistake.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Harvey McKenna, of Detroit, billiard player matched to play Wizard Schafer in New York in January for the world championship, was a professional friend and manager, Billy Catton in Rock Island.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Levi Cralle, former Rock Island county sheriff, had come from his farm near Mitchell, S.D. to visit friends in the city.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Work is being rushed on the new high school building in Orion to replace the one destroyed by fire last winter. Classes are being held in churches.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Rehearsals for the 84th season of the Handel Oratorio Society chorus will begin at 7:30 p.m. Monday on the stage of Centennial Hall, Augustana College.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Rock Island City Council's plan announced this week to have the federal government vacate Valley Homes public housing and move residents to Arsenal Courts to reduce density may not be feasible.

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