Day in history for October 23, 2004

1854 -- 150 years ago
Steamships bring news to New York of three victories by the allies over Russia and the fall of Sebastopol a month ago. According to these dispatches, the French and English suffered 10,000 killed and the Russians 18,000. The allies captured 22,000 Russians.

1879 -- 125 years ago
John Reticker, a pioneer who lived years ago near the cemetery on Camden (Milan) Road, died in Viola at 79.

1904 -- 100 years ago
The 50th anniversary of Rock Island's United Presbyterian Church was observed today.

1929 -- 75 years ago
Bob Radall, an air mail pilot who is well-known here, saved the town of Unionville, Mo., from destruction by fire last night. He dived over a house to awaken residents and then used his landing lights to guide them to the blaze on Main Street.

1954 -- 50 years ago
The city of Rock Island today was named one of 22 finalists in the 1954 All-America Cities contest sponsored by the National Municipal League and Look magazine.

1979 -- 25 years ago
The largest load ever to be transported by highway over so long a distance will pass near the Quad-Cities next week on Interstate 80. A massive 107-ton prototype superconducting electromagnet is being transported from the Department of Energy's Argonne National Laboratory, near Chicago, to Palo Alto, Calif.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: We learn that it is a contemplation to start a paper mill in Rock Island during the summer by a gentleman from the East.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The gates of Oklahoma were swung open at noon today, and a throng of more than 30,000 settlers started over its soil.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The Iowa Coliseum Co. was incorporated with $40,000 capital and planned a building on 4th Street between Warren and Green streets in Davenport.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Plans are being discussed for resurfacing the streets in the entire downtown district of Rock Island.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Some 45 jobs will be created at J.I. Case Co.'s Rock Island plant in a expansion of operations announced yesterday afternoon at the firm's headquarters in Racine, Wis.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Gardeners and farmers cheered, but not all Quad-Citians found joy Saturday as more than an inch of rain fell on the area. Motorists faced dangerous, rain-slick roads as the water activated grease and grime that had built up during dry weather.








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