Today in history for Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2013


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Today is Wednesday, Jan.16th, the 16th day of 2013. There are 349 days left in the year.
1863 -- 150 years ago: Those who issued checks for small change will retire themfrom circulation as soon as possible. Postal currency and small city orders will furnishchange enough for business purpose.
1888 -- 125 years ago: Rock Island noted a 45 degree drop in the temperature yesterdaywithin eight hours as the mercury plunged from 34 above zero to 13 degrees below.
1913 -- 100 years ago: The rabbit hunting season is in full swing in Rock Island County.Ducks are plentiful, but quail are scarce.
1938 -- 75 years ago: The nation's new warship building program, tentative statisticsshowed today, will provide work in the next fiscal year for 77,000 men.
1963 -- 50 years ago: A study of traffic signals and their effect on traffic tie-ups nearrailroad crossings will be undertaken by Silvis and East Moline city officials as a result ofaction taken last night by the Silvis City Council.
1988 -- 25 years ago: Drivers on Interstate 280 through the Quad-Cities will have to slowdown beginning Tuesday. The speed limit for 17 miles from the Mississippi River toInterstate 80 will be cut back from 65 mph to 55 mph because of a definition clarificationof a rural interstate from the Federal Highway Administration, Transportation SecretaryGreg Baise said on Thursday.















 




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  Today is Wednesday, April 16, the 106th day of 2014. There are 259 days left in the year.
1864 -- 150 years ago: Yesterday some bold thief stole a full bolt of calico from a box in front of Wadsworth's store, where it was on exhibition.
1889 -- 125 years ago: A team belonging to Peter Priese got away from its driver and made a mad run across the Rock Island Bridge. The driver was thrown from his seat but not hurt.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Carlton Taylor was appointed district deputy grand master for the 14th
Masonic District of Illinois.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Moline's million dollar municipal airport was dedicated to air transportation and the national defense by Lt. Gov. John Stelle.
1964 -- 50 years ago: THE ARGUS will be election headquarters for Rock Island County tomorrow night, and the public is invited to watch the operation. The closing of the polls at 6 p.m. will mark the start of open house in the newsroom. Visitors will see staff members receiving, tabulating and posting returns.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Few bricks actually tumbled, but no one seemed to mind as about 1,000 people gathered to celebrate the formal start of demolition at the site of a downtown civic center.




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