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 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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