Day in history for February 12, 2002
- 1852 -- 150 years ago
- The ice is out of the lower rapids around Keokuk. The Mississippi River is open to navigation between Rock Island and Muscatine.
- 1877 -- 125 years ago
- Since all the top men working on the new Rock Island bridge are sailors, no more iron will be laid until Saturday. The men won't work on Friday, which is the unlucky day in the seamen's calendar.
- 1902 -- 100 years ago
- E.C. Berry has returned from Washington, where he was sent to intercede with officials in behalf of union machinists at Rock Island Arsenal. It is claimed that the union men have been discriminated against since their strike of a few years ago.
- 1927 -- 75 years ago
- Rock Island alderman J.W. Houder announced his candidacy for the Republican nomination for mayor.
- 1952 -- 50 years ago
- Dumping garbage into the alleys is a violation of a city health ordinance and residents of East Moline who persist in disregarding the law will be dealt with by the police, Al VanQuathem, police chief, said following a tour through the city alleys.
- 1977 -- 25 years ago
- Three months ago, Little Porker was the runt of the latest litter of pigs born on the Richard Rehn farm near Osco. Today he can sit up, kiss his friends, be led on a chain, shake hands, roll over, sleep on command, say prayers, drink from a hose and straighten his curly tail. Mr. and Mrs. Neil Swanson taught him those tricks after Rehn gave the pig to their son Mark, who works on the Rehn farm.
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