Day in history for December 17, 2001

1851 -- 150 years ago
Will the Mississippi be bridged? This question is already exciting a good deal of interest in view of the imminent connection of this noble river by railroad with the Atlantic seaboard.

1876 -- 125 years ago
This locality was suddenly visited with a frightful windstorm, driving everybody indoors and causing much fear for the safety of weak buildings.

1901 -- 100 years ago
Dr. J.F. Myers of Rock Island was appointed to the state board of charities for the county.

1926 -- 75 years ago
The Rock Island county board of supervisors fixed salaries for deputies and clerks in amounts varying little from the previous year.

1951 -- 50 years ago
A Carbon Cliff youngster who is celebrating her first birthday is attracting considerable attention in local medical circles. The child has 16 fully developed teeth, a rarity for a 1-year-old baby, dentists report. A child 1-year-old normally has from 4 to 8 teeth and to have 16 teeth at that age is very unusual.

1976 -- 25 years ago
Davenport police believe they have cracked a large gambling operation that may have covered much of eastern Iowa. Police said arrests were forthcoming following a raid Saturday at the Davenport Tobacco Shop and seizure of numerous items including a paper shredder, gambling records, line sheets, bags of shredded paper and an adding machine.

Back: Available days in December 2001




Local events heading








  Today is Monday, Sept. 1, the 244th day of 2014. There are 121 days left in the year.

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.




(More History)