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 Saturday, April 19, the 109th day of 2014. There are 256 days left in the year.

1864 -- 150 years ago: Miss McCorkindale has opened millinery rooms over Gimbel's dry goods store, where she offers a choice lot of millinery goods, which she will manufacture to order.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The little South Park Presbyterian chapel celebrated it first Easter decorated with flowers for an afternoon worship service attended by a large congregation.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The Wennerberg Chorus of Augustana College has returned from a 2,000-mile tour in the Eastern states and Illinois.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Col. Charles Lindbergh has stated that he is convinced that Germany's air force is equal to the combined sky fleets of her potential European foes.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Small gas motors may be permitted on boats in the lake to be built in Loud Thunder Forest Preserve. The prospect was discussed yesterday at a meeting of the Rock Island County Forest Preserve Commission.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The annual Dispatch/Rock Island Argus Spelling Bee continues to be a family tradition. Ed Lee, an eighth-grader at John Deere Junior High School, Moline, is the 1989 spelling bee champion from among 49 top spellers in Rock Island, Henry and Mercer counties. He advances to the competition in Washington, D.C. Runnerup was Ed's sister, Susan.






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