Day in history for April 13, 2001

1876 -- 125 years ago
The steamer Diamond Jo struck one of the draw piers when coming down this morning, tearing away a part of her larboard guard from about mid-ship aft.

1901 -- 100 years ago
The contract for building the new Sacred Heart Church was awarded to C.J. Larkin and N. Juhl.

1926 -- 75 years ago
All prizes in the temperance essay contest conducted among Rock Island school children by the Women's Christian Temperance Union this year were awarded to pupils in the Lincoln School.

1951 -- 50 years ago
Quad-Cities and state police are blanketing the entire western Illinois and eastern Iowa area this afternoon in an attempt to trap a lone, armed bandit who fled with $1,129 after a daring daylight holdup shortly after 10 o'clock this morning at the 400 Club, a tavern, 401 4th Ave., Rock Island. The bandit, about 25, fired two shots into a mirror and wall of the tavern during the holdup.

1976 -- 25 years ago
Carol Boyd, Prophetstown, went deep-sea fishing just once, and then only because friends asked her along. Now she's redecorating her home bar in an undersea motif so she has an appropriate place to keep the 435-pound shark she caught. After struggling an hour and 10 minutes to land the 10-foot fish last Oct. 23 in Gulf Stream waters off the coast of Miami Beach, she decided to have it ``hollow mounted'' because ``after all that work he was coming home with me.''

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1864 -- 150 years ago: We are informed by J.H. Hull that the reason the street sprinkler was not at work yesterday settling the dust on the streets, was because one of his horses was injured.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Bonnie McGregor, a fleet-footed stallion owned by S.W. Wheelock of this community, covered himself with glory at Lexington, Ky, when he ran a mile in 2:13 1/2. The horse's value was estimated as at least $50,000.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Troops are pouring into Paris to prepare for defense of the city. The German army is reported to be only 60 miles from the capital of France.
1939 -- 75 years ago: The German army has invaded Poland in undeclared warfare. Poland has appealed to Great Britain and France for aid.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Publication of a plant newspaper, the Farmall Works News, has been launched at the Rock Island IHC factory and replaces a managerial newsletter.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Officials predict Monday's Rock Island Labor Parade will be the biggest and best ever. Last minute work continues on floats and costumes for the parade, which steps off a 9:30 a.m.




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