Day in history for October 20, 2001

1876 -- 125 years ago
The steamer Bell of LaCrosse blew out both ends of one of its cylinders just after the craft went through the draw of the Rock Island bridge.

1901 -- 100 years ago
Stockholders of the Tri-City Railway Company reelected E.E. Cook, Davenport, president; F.C. Denkmann, Rock Island, vice president, and J.F. Lardner, secretary-general manager.

1926 -- 75 years ago
Nearly $11,000 was pledged in the first day of the drive toward the 1926 Community Chest goal of $66,000.

1951 -- 50 years ago
Television has a new code of ethics which permits performers to say damn or hell, if they have to, but makes the plunging neckline strictly taboo if it would offend home viewers. Jokes about traveling salesmen and farmer's daughters are out-of-bounds along with such words as nuts and nertz. The code was adopted yesterday by the National Association of Radio and Television Broadcasters.

1976 -- 25 years ago
Nearly 2,000 cheering members of the striking United Auto Workers union voted overwhelming support for their negotiators in talks currently suspended with Deere And Co. The Deere strike, idling some 27,000 workers in six states, 7,800 of them in the Quad-Cities, is in its third week. Union negotiators briefed the members on the latest Deere proposal for a new three-year contract, and heard elements of the union's counterproposal.

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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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