Day in history for August 6, 2001

1876 -- 125 years ago
A train of 19 cars, loaded with cattle, ran from Omaha to Chicago in 22 hours and 40 minutes, faster than passenger time.

1901 -- 100 years ago
Brigadier General A.R. Buffington, chief of ordnance of the United States Army, is here on official visit of inspection at the Rock Island Arsenal.

1926 -- 75 years ago
Removal of the Rock Island Chamber of Commerce offices to a suite in the Fort Armstrong Hotel was completed.

1951 -- 50 years ago
What was reported to Moline police yesterday as a dice game turned out to be merely a game of jacks. A woman called police saying that she saw a dice game in progress in a house on 5th Avenue. Detective Sergeant Ivar Anderson investigated. When he peered through the open door of the house, he found four adults and their three children bouncing a rubber ball and playing jacks.

1976 -- 25 years ago
An explosion and fire at Sunset Marina abruptly ended a Davenport couple's cruise on their newly remodeled houseboat. They stopped for gas at Sunset Marina, and, while they were looking at another boat, the gas attendant allowed their fuel tank to overflow. They sopped up as much gas as they could and then waited a half hour. When John Wise hit the ignition, the vessel exploded. He, his wife, his son and a friend jumped from the boat to the dock and ran to escape the flames. Gas vapors trapped in the bilge of the boat exploded when the ignition sparked.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: A corps of surgeons now occupies the new hospital quarters at the Garrison Hospital on the Rock Island Arsenal. A fence has been installed to enclose the prison hospital.
1889 -- 125 years ago: B. Winter has let a contract to Christ Schreiner for a two story brick building with a double store front on the south side of 3rd Avenue just west of 17th Street. The estimated cost was $4,500.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Germany sent simultaneous ultimatums to Russia and France, demanding that Russia suspend mobilization within 12 hours and demanding that France inform Germany within 18 hours. In the case of war between Germany and Russia, France would remain neutral.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Civil service offices at the post office and the Rock Island Arsenal were swamped as more than 700 youths sought 15 machinist apprenticeships at the Arsenal.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Last night, American Legion Post 246 in Moline figuratively handed over the trousers to a female ex-Marine and petticoat rule began. Olga Swanson, of Moline, was installed as the first woman commander of the post .
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Illinois Quad City Civic Center captured the excitement and interest of a convention of auditorium managers this weekend in Reno, Nev. Bill Adams, civic center authority chairman, said the 10,000-seat arena planned for downtown Moline has caught the eye of construction firms, suppliers, management teams and concession groups.

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