Day in history for January 20, 2001

1876 -- 125 years ago
Re-elected officers of the People's National Bank, Rock Island, are Bailey Davenport, John Peetz, Henry Burgower and A. Virgien.

1901 -- 100 years ago
Job Ross died as a result of a concussion incurred in an accident while he was walking in his sleep.

1926 -- 75 years ago
The uncompleted residence of Joseph R. West at 2526 21st Ave., Rock Island, was damaged extensively by fire.

1951 -- 50 years ago
Quad-City pro basketball fans were presented the alternative of supporting their only major league entry, the Blackhawks, or seeing the National Basketball Association franchise move to Pittsburgh. If retained in the Quad-Cities, the Blackhawks will become a locally owned proposition under a group of stockholders headed by Bryan W. Grafton of Moline. If unsupported, the club will be sold by executive director Ben Kerner to Ike Duffey, millionaire meatpacker who wishes to re-enter basketball after disposing of his pro-cage interests in Anderson, Ind.

1976 -- 25 years ago
East Moline city council officially approved its sister city. The council unanimously approved ``adopting'' St. Kwintens-Lennick in Belgium as sister city. East Moline's sibling municipality has a population of 5,200 and boasts of 30 saloons and 2 churches, according to Mayor Jan Bascour of St. Kwintens-Lennick.

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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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