Day in history for March 4, 2004

1854 -- 150 years ago
The ice in the Mississippi broke up here yesterday. The first steamboat arrived at 11 a.m. today and attracted a crowd to the levee.

1879 -- 125 years ago
Daily average attendance at the Rock Island Library is 150. Sunday attendance averages 28.

1904 -- 100 years ago
Henry County Republicans convened and instructed their delegates to the state convention to vote for John H. Pierce of Kewanee for the nomination of governor.

1929 -- 75 years ago
Herbert Hoover today was inaugurated as 31st president.

1954 -- 50 years ago
Engineers and construction crews are running tests and putting finishing touches on the Aluminum Company of America's 144-inch rolling mill at the Davenport plant. The unit is expected to be in production turning out tapered sheet aluminum for the Air Force within a few weeks. The mill installation was part of a $5,500,000 expansion project of the Davenport plant and included a new wing constructed at the northwest corner of the sprawling plant. The mill is designed to roll tapered sheet aluminum for high speed jet aircraft wings.

1979 -- 25 years ago
The city of East Moline is trading a ''tot lot'' with the International Harvester Credit Union, 17th Avenue and Kennedy Drive, for two houses at 401 17th Ave. and 405 17th Ave. The houses will be raised this spring and a new park will take their place.

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