Day in history for January 20, 2005

1855 -- 150 years ago
New 1-cent pieces will be issued from the mint in the next few days. They will be brighter than the old penny. On one side is the head of Liberty.

1880 -- 125 years ago
Dr. S.C. Plummer performed a delicate operation on John W. Palmer of Zuma, wiring together the fractured parts of his lower jaw.

1905 -- 100 years ago
The Rock Island Club is forwarding resolutions to congressmen urging appropriations to complete the Hennepin Canal.

1930 -- 75 years ago
The smallpox situation is clearing in Rock Island. Only nine persons still are quarantined.

1955 -- 50 years ago
A tragic fire claimed two lives at the Huber Memorial Home, west of 30th Street and near 9th Avenue, Rock Island. Heroic rescue work and rapid extinguishing of the estimated $30,000 blaze prevented more deaths. Five nuns of the Franciscan order and 10 elderly residents were in the convalescent home when the blaze was discovered.

1980 -- 25 years ago
Two Davenport youths, Ronda Warren, 12, and Lee Travis, 14, have dreams of entering the next Olympic competition in roller skating. They hope to enter international and American dance if roller skating is added to the Olympics. They practice skating almost daily at the Kimberly Pines Skating Center in Davenport.

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1864 — 150 years ago: It is estimated that 300,000 people attended the recent Democratic convention in Chicago when Gen. George B. McClellan of New Jersey was nominated as a candidate for president of the United States.
1889 — 125 years ago: Alderman Frank Ill, Winslow Howard and Captain J.M. Montgomery returned from Milwaukee, where they attended the national Grand Army of the Republic encampment.
1914 — 100 years ago: Three members of the Rock Island YMCA accepted positions as physical directors of other associations. Albert Cook went to Kewanee, C.D. Curtis to Canton and Willis Woods to Leavenworth, Kan.
1939 — 75 years ago: Former President Herbert Hoover appealed for national support of President F.D. Roosevelt and Congress in every effort to keep the United States out of war.
1964 — 50 years ago: The Rock Island Junior chamber pf Commerce has received answers to about 65 % of the 600 questionnaires mailed out recently in a "Community Attitude Survey" to analyze sentiments of citizens towards their city's various recreational, educational, and civic service programs.
1989 — 25 years ago: The two thunderstorms passing through the Quad Cities last night and early today left some area residents reaching for their flashlights.






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