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: Charles M. Osborn of this city, a lawyer of prominence, who voted for Lincoln in 1860 is now out strong for McClellan and will take the stump for him.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The George Fleming company had begun its dried fruit packing in a branch plant on 16th Street, Rock Island, employing nearly a hundred workers.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The cornerstone of the new Eagles home was laid. Building committee members were John Kobeman, Fred Ehmke and Frank Wich.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Former Kaiser Wilhelm, in exile, is sad as the Nazis march with communists.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Ninety-two members of the acappella choir at Davenport's West High School today accepted an invitation to perform at the New York World's Fair on June 13, 1965.
1989 -- 25 years ago: A Rock Island woman is one of 50 winners of $10,000 in cash in the Illinois State Lottery's "Celebration "89" instant ticket game. Dawn Loeffler was the third winner to be chosen through daily drawings that began Aug. 28 and will run 50 consecutive days.






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