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: 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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