Day in history for January 26, 2003

1853 -- 150 years ago
Friday evening last, Mr. Wheelock of the ferry was returning from the Iowa side of the river with a load of hay when his horses broke through the ice and were drowned. They were probably the best pair of horses in town.

1878 -- 125 years ago
It was announced that a new weekly, The Milan Journal, would soon appear.

1903 -- 100 years ago
``Man to Man'' was the attraction last night at the Illinois Theater.

1928 -- 75 years ago
Two youths, believed in search of narcotics, ransacked the home of Dr. Ralph Dart, Rock Island, and knocked his maid unconscious.

1953 -- 50 years ago
A $29,000,000 atomic energy explosives processing and assembly plant will be built on the site of the former Camp Ellis, 18 miles east of Macomb, Ill. This was announced by the atomic energy commission through the office of Congressman Robert B. Chiperfield of the 19th Illinois district. Construction of the project, to be known as the Spoon River plant, will start early in the spring.

1978 -- 25 years ago
Deere And Co. and International Harvester will square off in a patent infringement lawsuit that promises a rare glimpse into the complex closed-door world of farm machinery competition and development. Deere filed the lawsuit April 28, 1976, charging that IH, with its 800 Series Corn Head, infringed on two patents incorporated in Deere's 40 Series Corn Head.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: Quite a number of Negroes have lately been brought here by abolition offers returning from the army in violation of the laws of the state.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Miss Tillie Denkmann, of Rock Island, was making plans to accompany a Davenport family on a tour of Europe.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The German advance into Belgium was going apparently without serious check. The American ambassador at Berlin published a denial of the charge that Americans had been ill-treated in Germany.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Seventy-two members of Rock Island High School's 1939 graduating class are preparing to enter college — 34 of them at Augustana.
1964 -- 50 years ago: One of the oldest buildings in Milan, which for a number of years has housed the Milan Hotel, will be razed to make way for a modern, two-story office structure.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Some are blaming it on the sudden influx of insects and the extreme humidity. Still others say the invasion was inspired by a recent movie. But whatever the reason, the Quad-Cities is swarming with bats.




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