Today in history for Thursday, Nov. 22, 2012


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Today is Thursday, Nov. 22, the 327th day of 2012. There are 39 days left in the year.
1862 — 150 years ago: A row occurred on the steamer Ellis on Wednesday, while lying at our levee between a passenger and some of the deck hands, who armed themselves with iron bars, coal shovels and sticks of wood. The bothersome passenger was taken off the boat under guard at Davenport.
1887 125 years ago: J. T. Dixon has been awarded the contract for furnishing police inRock Island with uniform overcoats, at a price of $30 each.
1912 — 100 years ago: Nitroglycerine was used in an unsuccessful attempt to blow openthe safe at Stewart's tavern in Rock Island last night.
1937 — 75 years ago: Freezing of the Mississippi River yesterday on the third earliestdate in 96 years disrupted navigation and kept rivermen worried for fear of a continuedtie-up of their boats.
1962 — 50 years ago: Old Santa himself will usher in the Christmas shopping seasontomorrow in downtown Rock Island. The official opening of the shopping season alsowill be marked by the first special evening hours in the stores and the turning on of thestreet Christmas decorations.
1987 — 25 years ago: A plan to bring new businesses to the old Rock Island Linesproperty in Silvis may hinge on the proposed NASCAR racetrack in Carbon Cliff. The$25 million racetrack project could bring Silvis a motel, a recreation complex, a campingarea or anything else compatible to a racetrack, said Jim Egger of McClure Engineering,Silvis.

















 



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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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