Day in history for August 28, 2003

1853 -- 150 years ago
Contrary to public sentiment, the Rock Island City Council last night refused to give the new Chicago And Rock Island Railroad any streets and alleys which it may need for right-of-way. The aldermen also voted that the tracks must not extend west of Jefferson (19th) Street.

1878 -- 125 years ago
The Silver Wave steamer passed down this morning with a raft of logs.

1903 -- 100 years ago
Five thousand people saw Paine's ``Ancient Rome'' at the Twelfth Street Park last night. The spectacle is sponsored by Rock Island merchants.

1928 -- 75 years ago
A thunder squall stripped off the roof of the new Monocoupe assembly hangar, wrecked two light towers and destroyed a floodlight tower at Moline Airport at 2:30 a.m. today. The storm, which airport employees said was a tornado, put out of commission America's only installation of neon light tubes.

1953 -- 50 years ago
Three motorists proved this morning that you can't get three automobiles into a space accomodating only two without causing some damage. They crashed in the middle of the intersection at 6th Avenue and 20th Street, Moline. Ross Timmons, 66, of Lewisburg, Ohio, was booked on a charge of ignoring a stop sign.

1978 -- 25 years ago
The Army Corps of Engineers plans to award an $8.099 million contract to the Shaeppert Engineering Co., Belvidere, to build a new, two-lane bridge linking Moline and Rock Island Arsenal.

Back: Available days in August 2003



Local events heading








  Today is Wednesday, July 30, the 211th day of 2014. There are 154 days left in the year.
1864 -- 150 years ago: After Sept. 1, every small box of matches will be required to have a 3 cent duty Lincoln stamp on it, and every large box will be one cent for every 100 matches.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Rock Island residents had contributed a total of $1,293 to the American Red Cross for the Johnstown flood relief fund.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Capt. Clark Means, new darkhorse twirler for the ARGUS staff, was in great form in his initial contest as a mound laborer. The result was that THE ARGUS trimmed the Union 6-5.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Hunter and Humprey Moody, young Decatur, Ill, brothers, lack only a few hours of establishing a new world light plane endurance record.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Gates of the 110th annual Mercer County Fair swing open tonight at Aledo for a full week of day and night activity. More that $36,000 will be paid in premiums and race purses.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The baseball field carved out of the cornfield near Dyersville, Iowa, continues to keep dreams alive for hundreds of visitors. Tourists from 26 state and France have visited Dan Lansing's farm to see the baseball diamond seen in the hit movie "Field of Dreams."






(More History)