Day in history for December 18, 2001

1851 -- 150 years ago
A Whig state convention has been called to meet at Springfield on the fourth Monday of December.

1876 -- 125 years ago
Our Mr. Mansill's almanac for 1877 is now ready for sale.

1901 -- 100 years ago
Deputies from 33 states attended the third annual school of instruction of the Modern Woodmen of America.

1926 -- 75 years ago
Mathias G. Welch was appointed to the office of Rock Island electrical inspector.

1951 -- 50 years ago
Dick Sargent, former Moline resident, has attained the height which is the goal of most artists of today. He's done a cover for the Saturday Evening Post. The central figure is a wide-eyed little boy, beside an attic trunk in which he finds garments which obviously belong to Santa Claus. In one hand he holds a beautiful white beard. What has happened to Santa Claus is the question his eyes ask.

1976 -- 25 years ago
Moline and Rock Island school officials today began laying the groundwork for possibly lengthy court battles against state desegregation orders. A unanimous Moline Board of Education, which has vowed since March that it would not comply with state orders, hired two law firms to advise whether the district has legal grounds to resist the desegregation order. The board opposes the integration of Ericsson Elementary School because of the ``uniqueness'' of its bilingual program.

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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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