Day in history for December 27, 2002

1852 -- 150 years ago
The Weekly Republican will give earnest support to the principles of the Democratic Party, believing Franklin Pierce is a standard bearer of the true old Hickory stamp.

1877 -- 125 years ago
The Argus said the Mississippi River is open all the way from St. Paul to the gulf.

1902 -- 100 years ago
Architect F.F. Borgolte sues Rock Island school board for $1,500 claimed as commission on new high school. School board says it refused commission because cost exceeded his estimate.

1927 -- 75 years ago
Salvation Army entertains 200 children at annual Christmas party.

1952 -- 50 years ago
Safe crackers, who may have used gas masks, got $254 from a safe at Mills Chevrolet Co., 515 13th St., Moline. Det. Sgt. Glenn Petersen said the safe from which the money was taken automatically released a vial of tear gas when it was forced open. Petersen said the smell of tear gas was so strong that he had to vent the auto firm office with a fan for about 15 minutes before entering it.

1977 -- 25 years ago
Flashing red lights are being installed at both approaches to the Ill. 84 bridge over the Rock River at Green Rock. The state-financed project will provide a warning for travelers approaching the narrow bridge, the site of many serious accidents.

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