Posted Online: July 07, 2013, 9:43 pm

Today in history for Monday, July 8, 2013

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Today is Monday, July 8, the 189th day of 2013. There are 176 days left in the year.
1863 -- 150 years ago: It is estimated at Gettysburg that Lee's army has lost by desertion,since crossing the Potomac, and aggregate of 6,000 men.
1888 -- 125 years ago: Mayor Virgil M. Blanding today appointed Alfred Beck aschairman of the Rock Island Public Library Board.
1913 -- 100 years ago: W.A.P. Totten and Adam Kramer of Rock Island returned fromGettysburg, Pa, today where they attended the reunion of the "Blue and the Grey, heldJuly 4.
1938 -- 75 years ago: The existing Hennepin canal will operate next year according toofficials of the Mississippi Valley Waterways association.
1963 -- 50 years ago: One man is dead and five firemen were overcome by carbondioxide gas as a result of an explosion in the air conditioning room in the basement of theFort theater Building shortly after 1 this afternoon.
1988 -- 25 years ago: Developers of the 911 emergency telephone network for RockIsland County this week ordered their first shipment of equipment for the embryonicsystem.