Day in history for January 20, 2003

1853 -- 150 years ago
The population of Rock Island at the end of 1852 has been placed at 3,475.

1878 -- 125 years ago
The Argus noted that citizens of Woodhull were paying 15 cents a pound for butter.

1903 -- 100 years ago
The department store of Young And McCombs was closed and the stock was in charge of Stevens And Co., Chicago, adjustors, pending settlement of a claim held against the firm by a Chicago wholesale house.

1928 -- 75 years ago
The wind attained a velocity of 45 miles an hour and considerable damage was caused to the lighting system and poles last night. A number of minor injuries was reported.

1953 -- 50 years ago
For the first time in history, the more than 7,500 pupils in Moline public schools will have the opportunity of viewing the inauguration of a President of the United States on television. Each school in the system has arranged for its pupils to view the inauguration of Dwight D. Eisenhower.

1978 -- 25 years ago
A federal judge's decree that high school girls must be allowed to participate alongside boys in contact sports like football, basketball and wrestling has little support among Quad-Cities athletic officials. ``I think it would be more of a hardship sentence than a privilege,'' said Gene McCarter, athletic director at United Township High School. ``I shudder to think of one of my daughters up against a 215-pound linebacker.''

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1864 — 150 years ago: It is estimated that 300,000 people attended the recent Democratic convention in Chicago when Gen. George B. McClellan of New Jersey was nominated as a candidate for president of the United States.
1889 — 125 years ago: Alderman Frank Ill, Winslow Howard and Captain J.M. Montgomery returned from Milwaukee, where they attended the national Grand Army of the Republic encampment.
1914 — 100 years ago: Three members of the Rock Island YMCA accepted positions as physical directors of other associations. Albert Cook went to Kewanee, C.D. Curtis to Canton and Willis Woods to Leavenworth, Kan.
1939 — 75 years ago: Former President Herbert Hoover appealed for national support of President F.D. Roosevelt and Congress in every effort to keep the United States out of war.
1964 — 50 years ago: The Rock Island Junior chamber pf Commerce has received answers to about 65 % of the 600 questionnaires mailed out recently in a "Community Attitude Survey" to analyze sentiments of citizens towards their city's various recreational, educational, and civic service programs.
1989 — 25 years ago: The two thunderstorms passing through the Quad Cities last night and early today left some area residents reaching for their flashlights.






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