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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1864 -- 150 years ago: We are informed by J.H. Hull that the reason the street sprinkler was not at work yesterday settling the dust on the streets, was because one of his horses was injured.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Bonnie McGregor, a fleet-footed stallion owned by S.W. Wheelock of this community, covered himself with glory at Lexington, Ky, when he ran a mile in 2:13 1/2. The horse's value was estimated as at least $50,000.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Troops are pouring into Paris to prepare for defense of the city. The German army is reported to be only 60 miles from the capital of France.
1939 -- 75 years ago: The German army has invaded Poland in undeclared warfare. Poland has appealed to Great Britain and France for aid.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Publication of a plant newspaper, the Farmall Works News, has been launched at the Rock Island IHC factory and replaces a managerial newsletter.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Officials predict Monday's Rock Island Labor Parade will be the biggest and best ever. Last minute work continues on floats and costumes for the parade, which steps off a 9:30 a.m.

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