Day in history for January 28, 2002

1852 -- 150 years ago
The Russian government has declared war on beards. Whiskers on Russians are disappearing like frost before the rising sun. Travelers arriving at Russia's border must be shaved by army barbers before being allowed to enter Russia.

1877 -- 125 years ago
F.B. Hawes and Peter Ziegler have opened a place on Orleans Street (Third Avenue), Rock Island, for the serving of steaks and tenderloins.

1902 -- 100 years ago
The Rock Island County Medical Society asked for regular inspection of public schools by doctors.

1927 -- 75 years ago
For the first time, millions of people will have an opportunity to hear a president talk. Thirty-five radio stations will be hooked up for President Coolidge's address to congress Feb. 22.

1952 -- 50 years ago
Rock Island's part in ``Operation Flatcar,'' a mock atom-bombing of Chicago, was highly successful, according to E. Lee Siemon, Rock Island civil defense director. 114 boxes of ``medical supplies'' were flown from the Quad-City Airport to airports near Chicago to assist Chicago's presumably injured in the mock attack.

1977 -- 25 years ago
Moline elementary school students will get their first full dose of the metric system this spring. And by the time they finish high school, metrics will be the only measurement taught. It will put the district in line with the state guidelines requiring a gradual conversion to metrics by 1980.

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