Posted Online: July 06, 2013, 11:10 pm

Today in history for Sunday, July 7, 2013

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Today is Sunday, July 7, the 188th day of 2013. There are 177 days left in the year.
1863 -- 150 years ago: A labor party of ladies and gentlemen from Port Byron andLeClaire came to this city on the evening of the 4th, on an extra train of cars, to witnessthe fireworks and enjoy a pleasant ride. They seemed to have a pleasant time.
1888 -- 125 years ago: Andrew Bell, Democratic nominee for Lieutenant governor ofIllinois, addressed a large rally last night in Moline.
1913 -- 100 years ago: Rock Island has received its new motor fore hose car, purchasedfrom the American LaFrance company for $8.5 (11).
1938 -- 75 years ago: Western League baseball owners at a meeting today permittedRock Island to drop our of the circuit for the rest of the season.
1963 -- 50 years ago: A crowd estimated at about 2,000 was on hand for the third annualfireworks display in Bishop Hill Thursday night.
1988 -- 25 years ago: Western Mercer and southern Rock Island counties are includedin the most severe category of the updated drought index release Wednesday by theNational Meterological Center.