Day in history for August 17, 2001

1876 -- 125 years ago
Fires have been started in the Rock Island Glass Works. It will take some days before the furnaces will be hot enough to work.

1901 -- 100 years ago
Rock Island put a large gang on the streets cleaning away the accumulated rubbish of the past three days.

1926 -- 75 years ago
Mystery surrounds the burning of the old packet steamer, ``Keokuk,'' destroyed at a loss of $25,000 at Nahant.

1951 -- 50 years ago
WHBF-TV began operating on doubled power today. The increase, authorized by the FCC, boosts the transmitter output power from 11 kilowatts to 23 kilowatts. WHBF-TV engineers explained that the increase in radiated power would greatly improve picture and audio quality in the outlying fringe areas.

1976 -- 25 years ago
Moline officials say a reduced speed limit, additional left-turn signals or stepped-up patrolling may be needed to upgrade safety along John Deere Road. John Hofstatter, city engineer, told aldermen at a council committee-of-the-whole session that his office is also studying traffic data gleaned in a recent survey to determine whether sign changes or pavement markings at intersections would aid the safety effort. A two-vehicle accident which killed two children on July 20 at 38th Street and John Deere Road prompted the survey and a request that the state consider lowering the 55 mile-per-hour speed limit on the route.

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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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