Day in history for March 31, 2003
- 1853 -- 150 years ago
- A company calling itself the South Bend Invincibles crossed the river at this point bound for Sacramento City. The company consisted of 45 men, eight women, two children and 80 horses.
- 1878 -- 125 years ago
- The Rev. George R. Palmer preached at the Fifth Avenue Methodist Church this morning. There was no evening service on account of a temperance meeting in Dart's Hall.
- 1903 -- 100 years ago
- Company A gave a masked ball at Armory Hall last evening. About a hundred couples attended. Bleuer's orchestra furnished music. William McGuinn and Miss Sadie Montgomery won first prize for the graceful waltzing. Clyde Pegg and Miss Theola Brown won the costume prize, and the award for the best cake-walkers went to Mr. Tiedemann and Miss Bloomquist.
- 1928 -- 75 years ago
- Newell Dailey of Hillsdale was named editor-in-chief of the 1928-29 Augustana Observer, student weekly.
- 1953 -- 50 years ago
- A new power-packed air raid warning siren will be tested tomorrow at Rock Island Arsenal. Officials believe it will be heard over a several mile radius. The 7.5 horsepower, vertical, nondirectional siren will be tested at noon.
- 1978 -- 25 years ago
- Today's temperature, inching into the 80s, has been hailed as a record breaker for this date by the U.S. Weather Service. The warmest temperature on record for this date was set at 77 in 1971.
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