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: A corps of surgeons now occupies the new hospital quarters at the Garrison Hospital on the Rock Island Arsenal. A fence has been installed to enclose the prison hospital.
1889 -- 125 years ago: B. Winter has let a contract to Christ Schreiner for a two story brick building with a double store front on the south side of 3rd Avenue just west of 17th Street. The estimated cost was $4,500.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Germany sent simultaneous ultimatums to Russia and France, demanding that Russia suspend mobilization within 12 hours and demanding that France inform Germany within 18 hours. In the case of war between Germany and Russia, France would remain neutral.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Civil service offices at the post office and the Rock Island Arsenal were swamped as more than 700 youths sought 15 machinist apprenticeships at the Arsenal.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Last night, American Legion Post 246 in Moline figuratively handed over the trousers to a female ex-Marine and petticoat rule began. Olga Swanson, of Moline, was installed as the first woman commander of the post .
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Illinois Quad City Civic Center captured the excitement and interest of a convention of auditorium managers this weekend in Reno, Nev. Bill Adams, civic center authority chairman, said the 10,000-seat arena planned for downtown Moline has caught the eye of construction firms, suppliers, management teams and concession groups.








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