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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