Today in history for Friday, April 19, 2013


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Posted Online: April 18, 2013, 11:00 pm
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Today is Friday, April 19, the 109th day of 2013. There are 256 days left in the year.
1863 — 150 years ago: Cannot our businessmen raise enough money to set the streetsprinkler going again? It is very much needed.
1888 — 125 years ago: Women teachers of central Illinois have organized aSchoolmistresses' club.
1913 — 100 years ago: The smallpox epidemic scare is on the wane. No new cases havebeen reported in the city during the last 24 hours.
1938 — 75 years ago: Three Rock Island High School students made a clean sweep ofprizes in a Rock Island District Dental Society poster contest for three counties. Winnerswere Jeanne Eichelsdoerfer, Ben G. Sherrard and Dean Anderson.
1963 — 50 years ago: Damage is expected to exceed $1 million over a four-county areafrom last night's tornadic winds which cut a swath along a line extending from LittleYork in the southwest through Rio in the northeast. The four counties touched by thestorm are Mercer, Warren, Henderson and Knox.
1988 — 25 years ago: Construction on a new sewage system has pushed back the openingof Niabi Zoo for another week, zoo director Mike Poelvoorde said today. The zoo can'tmake its tentative opening date on May 2 and is shooting for May 9. The zoo has been indisarray for months because workers are constructing a new sewage system, mandated bythe Illinois Environmental Protection Agency.















 




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  Today is Monday, Sept. 1, the 244th day of 2014. There are 121 days left in the year.

1864 -- 150 years ago: We are informed by J.H. Hull that the reason the street sprinkler was not at work yesterday settling the dust on the streets, was because one of his horses was injured.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Bonnie McGregor, a fleet-footed stallion owned by S.W. Wheelock of this community, covered himself with glory at Lexington, Ky, when he ran a mile in 2:13 1/2. The horse's value was estimated as at least $50,000.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Troops are pouring into Paris to prepare for defense of the city. The German army is reported to be only 60 miles from the capital of France.
1939 -- 75 years ago: The German army has invaded Poland in undeclared warfare. Poland has appealed to Great Britain and France for aid.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Publication of a plant newspaper, the Farmall Works News, has been launched at the Rock Island IHC factory and replaces a managerial newsletter.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Officials predict Monday's Rock Island Labor Parade will be the biggest and best ever. Last minute work continues on floats and costumes for the parade, which steps off a 9:30 a.m.




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