Today in history for Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2012


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Posted Online: Nov. 14, 2012, 6:00 am
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Today is Wednesday, Nov. 14, the 319th day of 2012. There are 47 days left in the year.
1862 — 150 years ago: For six years we have not seen so many happy faces on our streets
as we saw last Saturday after the total vote showed the Democratic state ticket was
elected by a 20,000 majority.
1887 — 125 years ago: The first vestibule car train of the Rock Island Lines passedthrough Rock Island today. The train had 11 of the new type cars.
1912 — 100 years ago: Twenty persons attended the first session of Rock Island's public
night school last night at Rock Island High School.
1937 — 75 years ago: Seventeen Moline students are ill of scarlet fever.
1962 — 50 years ago: A new supersectional Quad-City postal operation, with its center in
Rock Island, will go into operation on a limited basis Monday. The Argus learned today that the Rock Island Post Office will become the focal point for all mail handling in thegreater Quad-City region extending to an approximate radius of 50 miles and including63 post offices. Among the major post offices involved are Davenport, Moline, East Moline, Muscatine, Tipton and Silvis.
1987 — 25 years ago: An unplanned vacation ended today for about 9,500 Rock Island Arsenal employees sent home Thursday after a water main break shut off service to the island.















 




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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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