Day in history for February 2, 2001

1876 -- 125 years ago
A team of horses ran away up Main Street from the halfway house in Moline.

1901 -- 100 years ago
J.F. Munger was elected president of the Rock Island Baseball Association.

1926 -- 75 years ago
Kirk A. Journey was nominated as exalted ruler of the Rock Island Lodge of Elks.

1951 -- 50 years ago
Rock Island and Moline have been designated by civil defense officials as a prime or critical target area, it was reported here unofficially today. This means the local sector is believed likely to come under attack in event of an enemy air blow in force against Illinois. Rock Island and Moline comprise one of several downstate communities which have been placed in the ``critical'' listing, it is understood.

1976 -- 25 years ago
Maria Obren, 18, of Geneseo, takes her interest in government seriously. A senior at J.D. Darnell High School, Miss Obren is the only student, and the youngest person, to serve on the Geneseo City Park Board. In addition, she is currently a candidate for the Illinois Speaker of the House in the YMCA-sponsored Youth and Government program. An honor student, Maria is an active member of Youth and Government, which for 27 years has tried to promote greater student understanding of the structure and operation of state government.

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  Today is Tuesday, Oct. 21, the 294th day of 2014. There are 71 days left in the year.

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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