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: Col. H.F. Sickless informs us that there will be new organization of troops in this state under the call for more men.
1889 -- 125 years ago: James Normoyle arrived home after graduating from West Point with honors in the class of 1889. He was to report to Fort Brady, Mich., as second lieutenant in the 23rd Infantry.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Austria Hungary declared war on Serbia. Germany and Austria refused an invitation of Sir Edward Grey to join Great Britain at a mediation conference.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Dr. William Mayo, the last of the three famous Mayo brother surgeons, died at the age of 78.
1964 -- 50 years ago: One of the biggest horse shows of the season was held yesterday at Hillandale Arena on Knoxville Road under the sponsorship of the Illowa Horsemen's Club.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Davenport is like a gigantic carnival this weekend with the Bix Arts Fest taking over 12 square blocks of the downtown area. A festive atmosphere prevailed Friday as thousands of people turned out to sample what the Arts Fest has to offer.








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