Day in history for August 20, 2003
- 1853 -- 150 years ago
- A party of engineers has started a survey of the Warsaw And Rockford Railroad, which will pass through Nauvoo, Oquawka, Keithsburg, Rock Island, Moline and Port Byron.
- 1878 -- 125 years ago
- Five revolvers, cartridges and many knives were taken by burglars at Stewart and Montgomery's wholesale hardware place.
- 1903 -- 100 years ago
- Swan J. Carlson of South Moline Township died today of the infirmities of age. He was 106 years old.
- 1928 -- 75 years ago
- Bear Manufacturing Company today opened a school of instruction for mechanics in wheel and axle alignment at 2030 5th Ave., Rock Island.
- 1953 -- 50 years ago
- WOC-TV will install color television equipment sometime in 1954, pending approval of the color TV system by the Federal Communications Commission. A spokesman for the TV station said the equipment was recently ordered through NBC.
- 1978 -- 25 years ago
- Put 50 candles on Playcrafters' birthday cake. The Moline-based Quad-City community theater group will celebrate its golden anniversary during the 1978-79 season. ``Besides our regular season of plays, we'll also be having a number of special events to note the anniversary,'' said James Scott, current president of Playcrafters. Official home of the organization is The Barn in Moline, a unique facility, and one of the best community theater layouts in the Midwest.
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