Day in history for February 13, 2003

1853 -- 150 years ago
The recently prepared pre-paid postage envelopes have been rejected by the post office department. The contractors are to furnish better specimens.

1878 -- 125 years ago
A temperature of 33 degrees above zero was registered this morning by The Argus thermometer.

1903 -- 100 years ago
Delirious with alcohol and frantic over her confinement at police headquarters, Nellie Millsworth, who claims to be a variety actress, attempted suicide by hanging last night but was cut down in time to prevent serious consequences.

1928 -- 75 years ago
Cong. John C. Allen, Monmouth, announced his candidacy for a third term.

1953 -- 50 years ago
For the second time within a month the Scott County treasurer's office is out of license plates, and it may be a week or longer before an additional supply is received from the Anamosa reformatory. Meanwhile 650 plates on hand when the over-the-counter sale was halted have been reserved for mailing to autoists who had applied for licenses by mail before the one dollar penalty went into effect Feb. 1.

1978 -- 25 years ago
The 13th of February proved to be unlucky for the Hampton snow plow, which got stuck axle deep in mud on the edge of the road on South 3rd Avenue. The village grader with the assistance of a wrecker was able to pull it out.

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