Posted Online: April 19, 2013, 11:00 pm
Today in history for Saturday, April 20, 2013
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Today is Saturday, April 20, the 110th day of 2013. There are 255 days left in the year.
1863 — 150 years ago: Look out for your hogs, all who keep the animals within the city limits. The new marshal is doing his business thoroughly, so if the hogs are suffered to run at large they will be "gobbled up" and sold.
1888 — 125 years ago: The cornerstone of South Park Presbyterian mission will be laid at 4 p.m. today. The Rev. W.S. Marquis of Broadway Presbyterian Church will officiate.
1913 — 100 years ago: Dr. J.P. Comegys, of Rock Island, has been named post surgeon at the Rock Island Arsenal.
1938 — 75 years ago: Farmers from the Rock Island trading area will be feted tonight at a farm-city dinner in the cafeteria at Rock Island's new $1,225,000 high school building under sponsorship of the Kiwanis Club and the Chamber of Commerce.
1963 — 50 years ago: The Rock Island downtown area will be turned into a circus grounds overnight tonight in preparation for one of the largest promotional events everstaged by the Rock Island Retail Bureau. An official with the Polly Miller Big TopSpectacular estimates a total of 250,000 people will throng the downtown area through the five-day promotion which begins tomorrow and runs through Saturday.
1988 — 25 years ago: Augustana College gave Queen Silvia, of Sweden, a royal welcome this morning in honor of Her Majesty's first visit to the Rock Island Campus, the oldest Swedish College in America. The queen's visit is part of a 16-city U.S. tour celebratingNew Sweden '88, the 350th anniversary of the first permanent Swedish settlement in North America.