Day in history for February 8, 2001

1876 -- 125 years ago
Total attendance at the Rock Island Library during the past month was 4,355. Total book circulation is 1,890.

1901 -- 100 years ago
Dr. C.T. Foster and George Bennett, while hunting rabbits near Coal Valley, killed an American eagle measuring five feet from tip to tip.

1926 -- 75 years ago
A blind horse, frightened by the barking of a dog, stampeded through the plate glass front of the Rock Island Rubber Company, 1606 3rd Ave.

1951 -- 50 years ago
The first models of a newly-designed harvester-thresher began rolling from the assembly lines at the East Moline Works, International Harvester Company, this week. Designated as the No. 64 harvester-thresher, the new combine is said to be the first major addition made since 1945 to the company's line of harvester equipment.

1976 -- 25 years ago
The Quad-Cities area has gained slightly in population since 1970's census figures were released by the Census Bureau. The official population of the standard metropolitan statistical area (SMSA) was 362,634 April 1, 1970, and grew to 364,400 by July 1, 1974, the bureau reported. In the 1970-74 period there were 24,900 births, 14,400 deaths and a loss of 8,800 people through migration. The SMSA includes Scott County, Iowa, and Rock Island and Henry counties in Illinois. The percentage gain is 0.5 percent.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: Col. H.F. Sickless informs us that there will be new organization of troops in this state under the call for more men.
1889 -- 125 years ago: James Normoyle arrived home after graduating from West Point with honors in the class of 1889. He was to report to Fort Brady, Mich., as second lieutenant in the 23rd Infantry.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Austria Hungary declared war on Serbia. Germany and Austria refused an invitation of Sir Edward Grey to join Great Britain at a mediation conference.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Dr. William Mayo, the last of the three famous Mayo brother surgeons, died at the age of 78.
1964 -- 50 years ago: One of the biggest horse shows of the season was held yesterday at Hillandale Arena on Knoxville Road under the sponsorship of the Illowa Horsemen's Club.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Davenport is like a gigantic carnival this weekend with the Bix Arts Fest taking over 12 square blocks of the downtown area. A festive atmosphere prevailed Friday as thousands of people turned out to sample what the Arts Fest has to offer.








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