Day in history for December 16, 2004
- 1854 -- 150 years ago
- The steamboat Col. Morgan went down river Monday night taking in tow the barge with the locomotive for the Peoria And Oquawka railroad. Just in time, for there has been no boat since. The river is closed by ice now.
- 1879 -- 125 years ago
- A well-known old man in Rock Island set some kind of a record today when he ate 101 buckwheat cakes for breakfast.
- 1904 -- 100 years ago
- Arsonists started the fire, it was believed, which destroyed some of the St. Louis World's Fair attractions, including the Streets of Rome.
- 1929 -- 75 years ago
- The Harlem Globe Trotters basketball team defeated the Rock Island YMCA five, 24-14.
- 1954 -- 50 years ago
- Work has begun on assembling a new $40,000 transmitting antenna for WHBF-TV and actual installation of the 100-foot pole on top of the 410-foot tower in downtown Rock Island is planned within the next two weeks. Total height will be increased from 486 feet to about 500 feet, making the tower the tallest structure in the Quad-Cities.
- 1979 -- 25 years ago
- One of East Moline's oldest churches is leaving the Watertown area and moving northeast, to ''where the growth is going to go.'' Watertown Baptist Church, 2015 2W Ave., opened bids last week for a new $800,000 church to be built at 1817 Hubbard Road in rural East Moline.
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