Day in history for December 27, 2002

1852 -- 150 years ago
The Weekly Republican will give earnest support to the principles of the Democratic Party, believing Franklin Pierce is a standard bearer of the true old Hickory stamp.

1877 -- 125 years ago
The Argus said the Mississippi River is open all the way from St. Paul to the gulf.

1902 -- 100 years ago
Architect F.F. Borgolte sues Rock Island school board for $1,500 claimed as commission on new high school. School board says it refused commission because cost exceeded his estimate.

1927 -- 75 years ago
Salvation Army entertains 200 children at annual Christmas party.

1952 -- 50 years ago
Safe crackers, who may have used gas masks, got $254 from a safe at Mills Chevrolet Co., 515 13th St., Moline. Det. Sgt. Glenn Petersen said the safe from which the money was taken automatically released a vial of tear gas when it was forced open. Petersen said the smell of tear gas was so strong that he had to vent the auto firm office with a fan for about 15 minutes before entering it.

1977 -- 25 years ago
Flashing red lights are being installed at both approaches to the Ill. 84 bridge over the Rock River at Green Rock. The state-financed project will provide a warning for travelers approaching the narrow bridge, the site of many serious accidents.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: The weather is discouraging for our great Democratic rally tomorrow, but never mind that. Let our Rock Island people show they can make a big procession themselves, rain or shine.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Apparatus arrived for drilling an artesian well on the premises of George Warner's Atlantic Brewery.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The German army continued its attacks on the allies line near the Belgian coast.
1939 -- 75 years ago: The farm home of Mr. and Mrs. Gus Zachert northwest of Buffalo Prairie, burned to the ground.
1964 -- 50 years ago: WVIK-FM, noncommercial educational radio station at Augustana College, will return to the air tomorrow. The station operates at a power of 10 watts at 90.9 megacycles on the frequency modulation band. The station is operated with a staff of 92 students.
1989 -- 25 years ago: An avenue of lights, 13 Christmas trees strung with more than 44,000 sparkling lights, will expand the Festival of Trees beyond the walls of RiverCenter in downtown Davenport in mid-November.


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