Today in history for Thursday, Jan. 17, 2013


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Posted Online: Jan. 17, 2013, 6:00 am
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Today is Thursday, Jan.17th, the 17th day of 2013. There are 348 days left in the year.
1863 -- 150 years ago: Gold dropped to 45 ½ cents today in New York.
1888 -- 125 years ago: Col. John Dickson, whose family was among the earliest settlersin Milan, died on Jan 15.
1913 -- 100 years ago: Plans for a looping system of street cars in Rock Island with aterminal at 17th Street and Second Avenue are being considered by the city commission.
1938 -- 75 years ago: Six million Americans yesterday were unable to go to work orschool or perform regular jobs because of illness. Most of the illness occurs in the low incomefamilies.
1963 -- 50 years ago: For the first time in a week, the mercury will not drop below zeroduring the night, according to the Quad-City Weather Bureau, but the respite likely is to be short-lived.
1988 -- 25 years ago: Quad-Citians saw all the familiar signs on Saturday – the meltingice and snow, warmer temperatures and water everywhere. However, the big spring thaw has not arrived. According to the National Weather Service, Moline, winter hasnot ended, and today and Monday should clear up any confusion area residents mighthave. There is a 70 percent chance of rain or snow today continuing into the evening.Temperatures will be colder with highs in the 30s.















 



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  Today is Thursday, April 24, the 114th day of 2014. There are 251 days left in the year.

1864 -- 150 years ago: We learn that it is a contemplation to start a paper mill in Rock Island during the summer by a gentleman from the East.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The gates of Oklahoma were swung open at noon today, and a throng of more than 30,000 settlers started over its soil.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The Iowa Coliseum Co. was incorporated with $40,000 capital and planned a building on 4th Street between Warren and Green streets in Davenport.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Plans are being discussed for resurfacing the streets in the entire downtown district of Rock Island.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Some 45 jobs will be created at J.I. Case Co.'s Rock Island plant in a expansion of operations announced yesterday afternoon at the firm's headquarters in Racine, Wis.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Gardeners and farmers cheered, but not all Quad-Citians found joy Saturday as more than an inch of rain fell on the area. Motorists faced dangerous, rain-slick roads as the water activated grease and grime that had built up during dry weather.








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