Day in history for December 13, 2004

1854 -- 150 years ago
It seems to be an indisputable fact that more money is spent for cigars in America than is spent for all common schools.

1879 -- 125 years ago
Coal miners in the upper part of Rock Island County are out on strike and coal for sale in this city is scarce.

1904 -- 100 years ago
John W. Parker resigned as manager of the Tri-City Pasteurized Milk Company to become manager of the Rock Island Skirt Company.

1929 -- 75 years ago
Injuries from a fall on steps caused the death of Miss Annabella F. Cooke, former Rock Island teacher.

1954 -- 50 years ago
An image, apparently of President Dwight D. Eisenhower, appeared on the picture tube of the television set owned by Mr. and Mrs. Arvid Carlson, 1841 32nd St., Moline, last Wednesday and won't disappear, regardless of whether the set is turned on. An electronics phenomena, the image apparently was burned into the tube.

1979 -- 25 years ago
With President Jimmy Carter staying close to the White House to deal with the Iranian crisis, First Lady Rosalynn Carter is hitting the campaign trail in Iowa next week. Mrs. Carter will visit Davenport and four other eastern Iowa communities next week to stump for the president. She will appear at a reception from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Dec. 20 at the Davenport Holiday Inn.

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