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: A new steamer, Keithsburg, now is at our levee taking on board the balance of her fixtures preparatory to assuming her position on the daily Rock Island and Keokuk line.
1889 -- 125 years ago: C.W. Hawes was appointed deputy county clerk by county clerk Donaldson.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Mrs. O.E. child, of Moline, was named president of the Women's Home Missionary Society of the Methodist Church Rock Island District of the Central Illinois conference.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Augustana College is making plans for a drive for funds to erect a field house and make football field improvements.
1964 -- 50 years ago: A expanded election coverage system featuring a 16-foot chalkboard showing up to the minute running totals, attracted a large and enthusiastic crowd to The Argus newsroom last night.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Balloons frame Rock Island attorney Stewart Winstein who was given a surprise party in the rotunda of the Rock Island County Courthouse on Thursday to honor his 50th year of practicing law.




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