Day in history for February 18, 2003

1853 -- 150 years ago
The postmaster general has officially announced that the United States postage on all letters to and from France, by way of England, is 21 cents, and on newspapers, 4 cents. This postage is to be collected and retained by the United States.

1878 -- 125 years ago
The Rock Island city council passed an ordinance giving to owners of halls or theaters the option of taking out a license for one to 10 years at the rate of $25 a year.

1903 -- 100 years ago
John Marshall, pioneer resident of Cordova township, died. In 1840, he and his brother, William, raised the first crop ever grown in that township.

1928 -- 75 years ago
Rock Island was the unequivocal choice of the Inland Waterways Corporation for location of a transshipment river terminal for the Quad-City district.

1953 -- 50 years ago
The first choice of the citizens advisory committee for the proposed new Moline High School is Oakwood Country Club. But Allen E. Rose, member of the board of the country club, declared that: ``Oakwood Country Club is not for sale!''

1978 -- 25 years ago
Two of four turbine units at a Moline power station operated by Iowa-Illinois Gas and Electric Co. will be shut down at night to relieve neighbors in the 3rd St. hill area of a loud, ``howling noise.'' The units will be shut down after 10 p.m. until engineers can determine what is causing the sound.

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