Day in history for January 29, 2003

1853 -- 150 years ago
The warm weather has nearly destroyed our ice bridge across the Mississippi River. Teams cannot cross and we think it unsafe for persons on foot.

1878 -- 125 years ago
James A. Dwight, a leading manufacturer from Fort Wayne, Ind., was registered last night at the Harper House.

1903 -- 100 years ago
David Lyons, county treasurer, has posted a bond in the amount of $300,000.

1928 -- 75 years ago
Allocation of space for the Rock Island auto show and industrial exposition next month at the Boone Building, 5th Ave. and 13th St., has begun.

1953 -- 50 years ago
Fire of undetermined origin gutted the Milan Maidrite Restaurant, 218 W. 1st St., Milan, early this morning. A Milan fireman estimated a total loss of about $5,000 to the building and furnishings.

1978 -- 25 years ago
John Mordhorst, 27, and Mike Mobley, 30, of Rock Island, knew nothing of a fallen satellite when they spotted a scorched crater and a lump of gnarled metal on the tundra of northern Canada. When they returned to their desolate arctic camp with news of the strange discovery, their year-long sojourn in the wilderness was broken. They had found the wreckage of Cosmos-954, a spy satellite, fueled by 100 pounds of uranium, that fell out of its orbit last week and set off a joint U.S.-Canadian search for radioactive debris.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: The weather is discouraging for our great Democratic rally tomorrow, but never mind that. Let our Rock Island people show they can make a big procession themselves, rain or shine.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Apparatus arrived for drilling an artesian well on the premises of George Warner's Atlantic Brewery.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The German army continued its attacks on the allies line near the Belgian coast.
1939 -- 75 years ago: The farm home of Mr. and Mrs. Gus Zachert northwest of Buffalo Prairie, burned to the ground.
1964 -- 50 years ago: WVIK-FM, noncommercial educational radio station at Augustana College, will return to the air tomorrow. The station operates at a power of 10 watts at 90.9 megacycles on the frequency modulation band. The station is operated with a staff of 92 students.
1989 -- 25 years ago: An avenue of lights, 13 Christmas trees strung with more than 44,000 sparkling lights, will expand the Festival of Trees beyond the walls of RiverCenter in downtown Davenport in mid-November.


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