Today in history for Thursday, Nov. 22, 2012


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Posted Online: Nov. 22, 2012, 1:00 am
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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: It is estimated that 300,000 people attended the recent Democratic convention in Chicago when Gen. George B. McClellan of New Jersey was nominated as a candidate for president of the United States.
1889 — 125 years ago: Alderman Frank Ill, Winslow Howard and Captain J.M. Montgomery returned from Milwaukee, where they attended the national Grand Army of the Republic encampment.
1914 — 100 years ago: Three members of the Rock Island YMCA accepted positions as physical directors of other associations. Albert Cook went to Kewanee, C.D. Curtis to Canton and Willis Woods to Leavenworth, Kan.
1939 — 75 years ago: Former President Herbert Hoover appealed for national support of President F.D. Roosevelt and Congress in every effort to keep the United States out of war.
1964 — 50 years ago: The Rock Island Junior chamber pf Commerce has received answers to about 65 % of the 600 questionnaires mailed out recently in a "Community Attitude Survey" to analyze sentiments of citizens towards their city's various recreational, educational, and civic service programs.
1989 — 25 years ago: The two thunderstorms passing through the Quad Cities last night and early today left some area residents reaching for their flashlights.






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