Day in history for December 27, 2001

1851 -- 150 years ago
Reports of congressional proceedings, markets and general news will be received daily by telegraph.

1876 -- 125 years ago
Many of our wealthy citizens are cutting and packing their own ice this winter.

1901 -- 100 years ago
An audience of 1,400 saw the opening performance in the new Illinois Theater.

1926 -- 75 years ago
The men's section of the M And K Company was sold to the McCabe Dry Goods Company.

1951 -- 50 years ago
The 25,000,000th vehicle to pass over the Rock Island Centennial Bridge since it was opened July 12, 1940, crossed the four-lane span at 11:30 this morning. The driver was Gerald L. Boekholder, 39, of Dubuque, Iowa, who walked across the bridge the day it was officially opened more than eleven years ago. In a brief ceremony in frigid temperatures, Boekholder was presented a combination electric clock and plaque by William E. Downing, bridge superintendent, on behalf of the Rock Island Centennial Bridge Commission.

1976 -- 25 years ago
A new, tougher ordinance regulating massage parlors in Rock Island will more tightly regulate the business than one recently ruled constitutional in East Moline. Besides requiring masseuses and masseuers to have graduated from an accredited massage school, the Rock Island ordinance will ban suggestive advertising.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: Quite a number of Negroes have lately been brought here by abolition offers returning from the army in violation of the laws of the state.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Miss Tillie Denkmann, of Rock Island, was making plans to accompany a Davenport family on a tour of Europe.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The German advance into Belgium was going apparently without serious check. The American ambassador at Berlin published a denial of the charge that Americans had been ill-treated in Germany.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Seventy-two members of Rock Island High School's 1939 graduating class are preparing to enter college — 34 of them at Augustana.
1964 -- 50 years ago: One of the oldest buildings in Milan, which for a number of years has housed the Milan Hotel, will be razed to make way for a modern, two-story office structure.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Some are blaming it on the sudden influx of insects and the extreme humidity. Still others say the invasion was inspired by a recent movie. But whatever the reason, the Quad-Cities is swarming with bats.




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