Day in history for March 1, 2002

1852 -- 150 years ago
People were pleasantly awakened last midnight by the sound of a steamboat whistle, marking the end of winter. The steamer Wyoming broke through the ice pack here but could not get to the levee. It landed below the city.

1877 -- 125 years ago
The Rev. E. Nisbet, pastor of First Baptist Church, Rock Island, is author of a book published in New York. The title is ``Resurrection of the Body: Does the Bible Teach It?''

1902 -- 100 years ago
Captain J.W. Sant, 92, fell dead at supper. He came to Rock Island in 1837 and became a steamboat builder. His son, Sam R. VanSant, is the present governor of Minnesota.

1927 -- 75 years ago
A man crazed by liquor shot Police Officers William J. McCarthy and Thomas F. Raisbeck and then turned the gun on himself.

1952 -- 50 years ago
An American, Howard Shuman, 28, of Morrison, Ill., was elected president of the famed Oxford union debating society. Shuman is the third American to hold the post in the society's 130-year history.

1977 -- 25 years ago
Forty-four Rock Island Arsenal traffic control officers received special service awards for avoiding traffic tieups on the island despite closure of normal entrance and exit bridges. Because of the increased workload and the complicated circumstances that arose from the bridge work, Col. L.F. Skibbie, Arsenal Commander, presented each man with a certificate and $55 cash award.

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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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