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: A mad dog was shot in Davenport after biting several other canines and snapping at several children. The police should abate this nuisance — there are about 500 dogs in this city that ought to be killed at once.
1889 — 125 years ago: Track laying operations on 2nd Avenue, stopped by the Moline-Rock Island company last spring for lack of rail, have been resumed.
1914 — 100 years ago: Bulletins allowed to come through the strong continental censorship of all war news indicated that Germany was advancing with a dash against both Russia and France.
1939 — 75 years ago: Emil J Klein, of Rock Island, was elected commander of Rock Island Post 200, American Legion.
1964 — 50 years ago: Members of the Davenport police department and their families are being invited to the department's family picnic to be held Aug. 27 at the Mississippi Valley Fairgrounds.
1989 — 25 years ago: Beginning this fall, Black Hawk College will offer a continuing education course in horseback riding at the Wright Way Equestrian Center, Moline, located just east of the Deere Administration Center.

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