Day in history for April 13, 2002

1852 -- 150 years ago
Artificial noses and ears are now made of India rubber. Artificial hands are also made.

1877 -- 125 years ago
While the ferry is being repaired, the steamboat Keokuk of Quincy will take its place.

1902 -- 100 years ago
The Rock Island Club plans an addition to its building to be used exclusively for bowling and billiards.

1927 -- 75 years ago
Mr. and Mrs. John H. Hauberg offered the city of Rock Island $2,500 with which to build public tennis courts in Reservoir Park.

1952 -- 50 years ago
Rock Island police had their own flood problem early this morning when a prisoner flooded a cell and the greater part of the second floor of the police station by continuous flushing of a stopped-up toilet. The impromptu flood cost the prisoner, Ernest White, Davenport, $180.40 in police court. The amount represented a fine of $25 for intoxication and disturbing the peace, $5.40 court costs and $150 for damages to city property.

1977 -- 25 years ago
Governor James R. Thompson said today self-service gasoline stations will be legal in Illinois starting May 1. The governor said the move will save money both for motorists and the state. The state will benefit, he said, because drivers will no longer cross state lines to take advantage of lower prices at self-service stations in neighboring states. Thompson estimated this will yield between $4 million and $6 million in state gasoline taxes.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: We are informed by J.H. Hull that the reason the street sprinkler was not at work yesterday settling the dust on the streets, was because one of his horses was injured.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Bonnie McGregor, a fleet-footed stallion owned by S.W. Wheelock of this community, covered himself with glory at Lexington, Ky, when he ran a mile in 2:13 1/2. The horse's value was estimated as at least $50,000.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Troops are pouring into Paris to prepare for defense of the city. The German army is reported to be only 60 miles from the capital of France.
1939 -- 75 years ago: The German army has invaded Poland in undeclared warfare. Poland has appealed to Great Britain and France for aid.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Publication of a plant newspaper, the Farmall Works News, has been launched at the Rock Island IHC factory and replaces a managerial newsletter.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Officials predict Monday's Rock Island Labor Parade will be the biggest and best ever. Last minute work continues on floats and costumes for the parade, which steps off a 9:30 a.m.




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