Day in history for February 20, 2001

1876 -- 125 years ago
The total Rock Island city debt stands at $288,348, a total of $126,177 over the constitutional limit.

1901 -- 100 years ago
The Rock Island High School Library Association was formed to replace books destroyed by fire.

1926 -- 75 years ago
Colonel Frank L. Smith, candidate for the Republican nomination for senator, attacked the world court in a speech in Rock Island.

1951 -- 50 years ago
A welcome sign to the city of Rock Island may be forthcoming as a result of action taken by Rock Island aldermen last night. The council received a request from the chamber of commerce for permission to erect a 32-foot long sign, advertising Rock Island as the ``Hub of the Quad-Cities,'' on top of the city's waterworks pumping plant at the foot of 23rd St.

1976 -- 25 years ago
When Liz Meegan, Dispatch women's news editor, visited the White House last week she didn't really expect to meet the ``lady of the house.'' But much to their surprise, 23 women's editors in Washington for a two-week seminar at the American Press Institute, were welcomed personally by Betty Ford. Liz reports ``Mrs. Ford walked like a model into the Diplomatic Reception Room. And with every bit as much grace and charm as has been attributed to her, the First Lady shook hands and talked briefly with each editor.''

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1864 -- 150 years ago: We are informed by J.H. Hull that the reason the street sprinkler was not at work yesterday settling the dust on the streets, was because one of his horses was injured.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Bonnie McGregor, a fleet-footed stallion owned by S.W. Wheelock of this community, covered himself with glory at Lexington, Ky, when he ran a mile in 2:13 1/2. The horse's value was estimated as at least $50,000.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Troops are pouring into Paris to prepare for defense of the city. The German army is reported to be only 60 miles from the capital of France.
1939 -- 75 years ago: The German army has invaded Poland in undeclared warfare. Poland has appealed to Great Britain and France for aid.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Publication of a plant newspaper, the Farmall Works News, has been launched at the Rock Island IHC factory and replaces a managerial newsletter.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Officials predict Monday's Rock Island Labor Parade will be the biggest and best ever. Last minute work continues on floats and costumes for the parade, which steps off a 9:30 a.m.

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