Posted Online: Oct. 30, 2013, 8:12 pm
Today in history for Thursday, Oct. 31, 2013
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Today is Thursday, Oct. 31, the 304th day of 2013. There are 61 days left in the year.
1863 -- 150 years ago: The new steamer, which is being finished at our levee by Capt. Add. Hine, will be ready to run in a short time.
1888 -- 125 years ago: Bert Cunningham, Moline's great baseball pitcher, who hurled for the Baltimores during the 1888 season, has returned home for the winter.
1913 -- 100 years ago: Indications are that football in Rock Island High School will be abolished at the end of the 1913 season because of lack of interest and poor attendance, according to Manager A.G. Hill.
1938 -- 75 years ago: The Tri-Cities shared a nationwide alarm and panic over a radio broadcast of a skit entitled "Invasion from Mars", which hundreds of listeners thought was the real thing.
1963 -- 50 years ago: A book entitled "The High Prairie" has been written and published by Louis Detlef Hauberg, a historian and member of a pioneer area family. In his book, Hauberg, the founder of the Coe Township Museum near Port Byron, tells of the early days in Rock Island County with emphasis on activities in the upper region of the county.
1988 -- 25 years ago: Moline has received a national award for urban development excellence, recognizing a housing improvement program that has helped repair more than 1,000 homes since 1975.