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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