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: Quite a number of Negroes have lately been brought here by abolition offers returning from the army in violation of the laws of the state.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Miss Tillie Denkmann, of Rock Island, was making plans to accompany a Davenport family on a tour of Europe.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The German advance into Belgium was going apparently without serious check. The American ambassador at Berlin published a denial of the charge that Americans had been ill-treated in Germany.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Seventy-two members of Rock Island High School's 1939 graduating class are preparing to enter college — 34 of them at Augustana.
1964 -- 50 years ago: One of the oldest buildings in Milan, which for a number of years has housed the Milan Hotel, will be razed to make way for a modern, two-story office structure.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Some are blaming it on the sudden influx of insects and the extreme humidity. Still others say the invasion was inspired by a recent movie. But whatever the reason, the Quad-Cities is swarming with bats.

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