Day in history for February 3, 2001

1876 -- 125 years ago
Total gross earnings of the Peoria and Rock Island Railway during December were $27,845, according to H.C. Whitridge, auditor.

1901 -- 100 years ago
The rooms on the first floor of the new Horace Mann School on 14th Ave., Rock Island, were opened.

1926 -- 75 years ago
Miss Lucille Warren of East Moline was named valedictorian and Francis Bowman salutatorian of the graduating class at Augustana College.

1951 -- 50 years ago
Quad-City residents were probably slightly radioactive last night. The atomic energy commission in Chicago has reported that tiny radioactive particles have been carried over Chicago by stratosphere air currents from Nevada where the government has been conducting atomic tests. According to charts at the government weather station at the Quad-City Airport, the same winds blew over the Quad-Cities late yesterday afternoon and last night.

1976 -- 25 years ago
Moline is among cities nationwide trying to reduce the number of false alarms that unnecessarily endanger firefighters and citizens. And the city seems to be winning some battles. Asst. Chief Charles Polchow, of the fire inspection bureau, said false box alarms in the city declined in the last half of 1975. The reduction is a result of changing some alarm box locations to make it harder for vandals to pull without being caught.

Back: Available days in February 2001

Local events heading

  Today is Wednesday, Aug. 20, the 232nd day of 2014. There are 133 days left in the year.
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.

(More History)