Day in history for July 17, 2001

1876 -- 125 years ago
A car of ammunition and calvary equipment was shipped from Rock Island Arsenal for Fort Lincoln, Dakota.

1901 -- 100 years ago
A picnic to aid the striking machinists is to be given at Huber's garden.

1926 -- 75 years ago
Rock Island retail merchants agreed on details of a community advertising campaign to cost $5,452.

1951 -- 50 years ago
Model airplanes will be grounded at the Rock Island High School ``airport'' as a result of action taken last night by aldermen acting on a petition signed by 64 residents in the vicinity of the high school. The petitioners charged the continuous buzz of the model planes has become a nuisance. They also asserted they cannot understand why they should be subjected to the noise when use of the planes was banned at Reservoir Park several years ago.

1976 -- 25 years ago
Attempts to win official approval to plan a computerized 911 communications system for the Quad-Cities began today when the concept was explained to area fire chiefs. Planners from the Bi-State Metropolitan Computer Commission and the Bi-State Metropolitan Planning Commission told the four fire chiefs who showed up for a meeting that they will be requested next week to submit letters saying they ``want to participate in the planning program.'' The chiefs are A.J. Claerhout of Moline, Norman Schadt of Silvis, Don Leslie of Rock Island, and Howard Goettsch of Davenport.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: The weather is discouraging for our great Democratic rally tomorrow, but never mind that. Let our Rock Island people show they can make a big procession themselves, rain or shine.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Apparatus arrived for drilling an artesian well on the premises of George Warner's Atlantic Brewery.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The German army continued its attacks on the allies line near the Belgian coast.
1939 -- 75 years ago: The farm home of Mr. and Mrs. Gus Zachert northwest of Buffalo Prairie, burned to the ground.
1964 -- 50 years ago: WVIK-FM, noncommercial educational radio station at Augustana College, will return to the air tomorrow. The station operates at a power of 10 watts at 90.9 megacycles on the frequency modulation band. The station is operated with a staff of 92 students.
1989 -- 25 years ago: An avenue of lights, 13 Christmas trees strung with more than 44,000 sparkling lights, will expand the Festival of Trees beyond the walls of RiverCenter in downtown Davenport in mid-November.

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