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: 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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