Day in history for November 16, 2000

1875 -- 125 years ago
Thomas Willardson was killed when a well he was digging on the Milan Road caved in.

1900 -- 100 years ago
Plans are being completed for the Iowa-Northwestern football game to be held Thanksgiving day at 12th Street Park, Rock Island. A crowd of 10,000 people is expected.

1925 -- 75 years ago
The Rock Island County Farm Bureau executive committee endorsed a plan for Farmer's Mutual crop insurance.

1950 -- 50 years ago
Fire which broke out about 3:30 this morning leveled a storage shed at the rear of Maxie's Night Club, completely destroyed a stock of liquor which was stored in the shed and killed a riding horse which was housed in the small building. The night club, owned by Max O'Klock, is located on 23rd Avenue at 19th Street, south of the East Moline city limits. Cause of the blaze is unknown.

1975 -- 25 years ago
With a flash, a roar and a splash, the 84-year-old Fulton-Lyons bridge collapsed into the Mississippi River. Open July 4, 1891, the bridge was the second longest continuous truss bridge in North America. The second 329-foot span fell recently, and the remaining sections will be dropped when the river season closes. The toll bridge has been closed several months since the completion of the new Fulton-Clinton bridge.

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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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