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: Yesterday some bold thief stole a full bolt of calico from a box in front of Wadsworth's store, where it was on exhibition.
1889 -- 125 years ago: A team belonging to Peter Priese got away from its driver and made a mad run across the Rock Island Bridge. The driver was thrown from his seat but not hurt.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Carlton Taylor was appointed district deputy grand master for the 14th
Masonic District of Illinois.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Moline's million dollar municipal airport was dedicated to air transportation and the national defense by Lt. Gov. John Stelle.
1964 -- 50 years ago: THE ARGUS will be election headquarters for Rock Island County tomorrow night, and the public is invited to watch the operation. The closing of the polls at 6 p.m. will mark the start of open house in the newsroom. Visitors will see staff members receiving, tabulating and posting returns.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Few bricks actually tumbled, but no one seemed to mind as about 1,000 people gathered to celebrate the formal start of demolition at the site of a downtown civic center.

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