Today in history for Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2013


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Posted Online: Jan. 16, 2013, 6:10 am
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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 Tuesday, Oct. 21, the 294th day of 2014. There are 71 days left in the year.

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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