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: The female sex seems to have gone crazy on the subject of dry goods. When high prices keep them from increasing their wardrobes, they turn to stealing. Yard goods, hats, shoes and other items are being picked up and carried home.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Members of Everts Commandery No. 18, Knights Templar, under Commander H.C. Cleaveland, marched from the Masonic Temple to Trinity Episcopal Church for their annual Easter services.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Nate Hultgren pitched the Augustana College baseball team to a 10-3 victory over Carthage, striking out 11 men and allowing only four hits.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Marvel Leonhardi, a Rock Island High School senior, was the winner of an essay contest on advertising sponsored by The Argus and Advertising Age, a national advertising publication.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The Augustana College band drew a crowd of 1,200 people for its annual home concert in Centennial Hall. The size of the crowd was indicative of the fact the band is rapidly approaching the stature of the Augustana Choir.
1989 -- 25 years ago: A benefit to raise money for extracurricular activities in the Rock Island Milan School District will be April 27 at the Quad City Downs harness race track. People buying $17.50 tickets to the second annual "Night at the Quad City Downs" will be entitled to an evening of harness racing and dinner.






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