Day in history for February 18, 2001

1876 -- 125 years ago
The dynamite fiend came near overpowering justice on Tuesday. Magistrate Swander, while shaking his base-burner, was suddenly shocked by an explosion of the accumulated gas. Fortunately the magistrate escaped with singed hair and eyebrows only.

1901 -- 100 years ago
Travel over the Rock Island bridge for the day was: Foot, 1,580; teams 1,120; street cars, 318.

1926 -- 75 years ago
Three toes on the right foot of Wymore Looft, 17, were shot off when a gun was accidentally discharged.

1951 -- 50 years ago
Sergeant Marvin K. Vickroy of Moline is among the men serving with the Eighth Army Rangers in Korea, mentioned in a feature story in the Chicago Tribune which called attention to the high percentage of Midwest men in what is termed ``the Army's toughest unit.'' The Ranger Company, formed from volunteers, has seen 156 days of combat. The unit's latest exploit was a 10-hour patrol behind Red lines.

1976 -- 25 years ago
The state of Illinois has done some reshuffling in the Quad-Cities. Some two million state maps, costing a total of $124,000, have moved both Moline hospitals into Rock Island, flooded Rock Island's train depot, and moved Colona about three miles to the east. But Quad-Citians are not alone. Officials say there are some 1,500 mistakes in the state's official maps.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: Col. H.F. Sickless informs us that there will be new organization of troops in this state under the call for more men.
1889 -- 125 years ago: James Normoyle arrived home after graduating from West Point with honors in the class of 1889. He was to report to Fort Brady, Mich., as second lieutenant in the 23rd Infantry.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Austria Hungary declared war on Serbia. Germany and Austria refused an invitation of Sir Edward Grey to join Great Britain at a mediation conference.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Dr. William Mayo, the last of the three famous Mayo brother surgeons, died at the age of 78.
1964 -- 50 years ago: One of the biggest horse shows of the season was held yesterday at Hillandale Arena on Knoxville Road under the sponsorship of the Illowa Horsemen's Club.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Davenport is like a gigantic carnival this weekend with the Bix Arts Fest taking over 12 square blocks of the downtown area. A festive atmosphere prevailed Friday as thousands of people turned out to sample what the Arts Fest has to offer.








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