Day in history for January 29, 2002

1852 -- 150 years ago
The ice has broken and piled up in Rock River. The gorge and high water threatens to sweep away the main Rock River bridge.

1877 -- 125 years ago
The editor of The Argus does not object to dying, but he does dislike postponements. Yesterday he got ready to die; then the man who said he was going to come to kill him didn't come.

1902 -- 100 years ago
The Rev. and Mrs. W.S. Marquis of Broadway Presbyterian Church will sail Feb. 28 on a four-month trip to the Holy Land.

1927 -- 75 years ago
Ty Cobb and Tris Speaker, famous baseball players, were cleared of charges that they conspired with gamblers to ``fix'' a game.

1952 -- 50 years ago
The entire production force at the Farmall works of International Harvester Company, totaling approximately five thousand, was laid off this morning when about 45 block testing department workers failed to report. The dispute action started late yesterday when the men in the testing section walked off, reportedly in a disagreement over payments for retesting of engines.

1977 -- 25 years ago
Rock Island County leaders say civil defense shelters could house 215,000 persons if a natural gas shortage develops in the Quad-Cities. Illinois has not suffered the shortage, but officials have said a 10-day period of temperatures averaging 10 degrees or more below zero 24 hours a day could leave the Quad-Cities short of natural gas supplies.

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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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