Today in history for Thursday, Aug. 14, 2014

Posted Online: Aug. 13, 2014, 7:09 pm
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Today is Thursday, Aug. 14, the 226th day of 2014. There are 139 days left in the year.

1864 -- 150 years ago: Our exchanges from all parts of the country speak of the great change of sentiment among those who have heretofore been supporters of the administration. Most everybody is deserting Lincoln.
1889 -- 125 years ago: A force of men worked all night connecting the new track of the Holmes Line on 2nd Ave., and cars began to run over the new line as far as 16th Street.
1914 -- 100 years ago: All French troops were reported driven out of Germany. The war of the nations of Europe became further regularized with the formal declaration of war on Austria-Hungary by Great Britain.
1939 -- 75 years ago: President Roosevelt's announcement that Thanksgiving Day will be officially observed on Nov. 23 instead of Nov. 30 dismayed football coaches and calendar makers but pleased merchants, who think there will be more profit in the extended period between that holiday and Christmas.
1964 -- 50 years ago: A total of about $1 million in salary increases will be going into the paychecks of about 3,300 Rock Island Arsenal employees as a result of the signing of the Morrison Bill this morning by President Johnson.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The 8th annual Fargo Fest attracted more than 15,000 people Sunday afternoon, as the crowd danced, drank and wandered around the Wells Fargo parking lot in Moline.


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  Today is Saturday, Sept. 20, the 263rd day of 2014. There are 102 days left in the year.

1864 -- 150 years ago: Recruits can get $500 by enlisting now. Lt Jobe has a recruiting office on Illinois Street.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Superintendent Schnitger formally inaugurated the Rock Island and Davenport Railway Line of the Holmes system by putting on four cars to start.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Wires of the defunct Union Electric Co. are being removed by city electricians.
1939 -- 75 years ago: The Bishop Hill softball team won the championship in WHB"S Mississippi Valley tournament at Douglas Park.
1964 -- 50 years ago: A boom in apartment construction has hit Rock Island, with approximately 300 units either in or near the construction stage or due for an early rezoning decision.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Members of the Bi-State Metropolitan Planning Commission are hoping to revive their push for a new $70 million four-lane bridge spanning the Mississippi River.

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