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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