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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1864 -- 150 years ago: A corps of surgeons now occupies the new hospital quarters at the Garrison Hospital on the Rock Island Arsenal. A fence has been installed to enclose the prison hospital.
1889 -- 125 years ago: B. Winter has let a contract to Christ Schreiner for a two story brick building with a double store front on the south side of 3rd Avenue just west of 17th Street. The estimated cost was $4,500.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Germany sent simultaneous ultimatums to Russia and France, demanding that Russia suspend mobilization within 12 hours and demanding that France inform Germany within 18 hours. In the case of war between Germany and Russia, France would remain neutral.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Civil service offices at the post office and the Rock Island Arsenal were swamped as more than 700 youths sought 15 machinist apprenticeships at the Arsenal.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Last night, American Legion Post 246 in Moline figuratively handed over the trousers to a female ex-Marine and petticoat rule began. Olga Swanson, of Moline, was installed as the first woman commander of the post .
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Illinois Quad City Civic Center captured the excitement and interest of a convention of auditorium managers this weekend in Reno, Nev. Bill Adams, civic center authority chairman, said the 10,000-seat arena planned for downtown Moline has caught the eye of construction firms, suppliers, management teams and concession groups.








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