Today in history for Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2013


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Today is Tuesday, Jan. 8, the eighth day of 2013. There are 357 days left in the year.
1863 — 150 years ago: The great union victories at Murfreesboro and Vicksburg, wetrust, will be followed by the most rapid pursuit of the enemy and the complete control ofthe Mississippi River.
1888 — 125 years ago: Icemen are fearing that this winter's ice crop will not be sufficientfor summer's trade if thaw-outs do not cease.
1913 — 100 years ago: A fire of unknown origin resulted in $20,000 damage at the WilliamButterworth farm on Rock River road yesterday.
1938 — 75 years ago: Henry Ford today told of experiments being carried on by hiscompany to produce a unique tractor, designed to sell for less that $375, without profitnecessary, to bring prosperity to America.
1963 — 50 years ago: It was just like the pre-Christmas rush at the Rock Island PostOffice yesterday. With the new increased postal rates going into effect, Rock Islandersflocked to the post office to purchase one-cent stamps.
1988 — 25 years ago: An American tradition, the Girl Scout cookie sale, will begin Jan.29 and extend through Feb. 8. The Mississippi Valley Girl Scout Council will offerseven varieties of cookies, at $2 per box, for delivery in March. The sale first started in1920, with Girl Scouts selling homemade cookies from a paper bag to neighbors. Todaymore than 130 million boxes of cookies are sold each year.















 



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1864 -- 150 years ago: After Sept. 1, every small box of matches will be required to have a 3 cent duty Lincoln stamp on it, and every large box will be one cent for every 100 matches.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Rock Island residents had contributed a total of $1,293 to the American Red Cross for the Johnstown flood relief fund.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Capt. Clark Means, new darkhorse twirler for the ARGUS staff, was in great form in his initial contest as a mound laborer. The result was that THE ARGUS trimmed the Union 6-5.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Hunter and Humprey Moody, young Decatur, Ill, brothers, lack only a few hours of establishing a new world light plane endurance record.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Gates of the 110th annual Mercer County Fair swing open tonight at Aledo for a full week of day and night activity. More that $36,000 will be paid in premiums and race purses.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The baseball field carved out of the cornfield near Dyersville, Iowa, continues to keep dreams alive for hundreds of visitors. Tourists from 26 state and France have visited Dan Lansing's farm to see the baseball diamond seen in the hit movie "Field of Dreams."






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