Day in history for March 16, 2004
- 1854 -- 150 years ago
- The House of Representatives has passed the Homestead Bill, providing for the sale of western lands at $1.25 an acre. A buyer would get a deed after living on the land for five years.
- 1879 -- 125 years ago
- Frances Willard, leader of the temperance movement, will attend a convention of people opposed to the sale of intoxicating liquor. The sessions will be held in Negus Hall, Rock Island.
- 1904 -- 100 years ago
- While Gov. Richard Yates addressed an audience in the Illinois Theater, supporters of his opponent, Frank O. Lowden, met in Allen Pratt's barbershop to nominate delegates to the Republican convention.
- 1929 -- 75 years ago
- The Rock Island Chapter of the American Red Cross was organized, with a board of 25 directors.
- 1954 -- 50 years ago
- Moline, buoyed by two rousing pep assemblies this morning, headed for Champaign today eager to capture the state basketball championship that has eluded 14 other Maroon ballclubs. Rated No. 3 in the state in yesterday's Associated Press poll, coach Jack Foley's team faces a rugged road in the upper bracket if it is to march all the way.
- 1979 -- 25 years ago
- Geneseo youths brought home the grand championship and nine first places from the annual Explorer Winter Games held recently in Duluth, Minn. Jeff DeNeve, who won the grand championship last year, recaptured the honor this year. Nineteen explorers from the five Geneseo posts participated in the activities.
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