Day in history for February 14, 2005

1855 -- 150 years ago
Today is Valentine's Day, once a great day with us. We suppose the younger generation has similar feelings so that all girls will get squeezed today.

1880 -- 125 years ago
At Harper's Theater Maggie Mitchell is playing the leading role in ''Lorie, or the Artist's Dream.''

1905 -- 100 years ago
The Rev. Chester Birch of St. Louis is holding well-attended revival meetings in Milan.

1930 -- 75 years ago
The board of education will grant use of the Rock Island public schools stadium to the community for a July 4th celebration and for observance of the 150th anniversary of a Revolutionary War battle fought here.

1955 -- 50 years ago
Rock Island businessmen were urged to make use of police convoys in an attempt to curb a recent wave of burglaries and holdups. Police Chief Claus C. Miller encouraged businessmen to seek police convoys when they withdraw or deposit large sums of money at banks.

1980 -- 25 years ago
As other airlines cut back commuter service between the Quad-Cities and Chicago, Mississippi Valley Airlines is increasing the number of passengers it can shuttle per trip. The airlines announced the purchase of a 50-passenger Fokker F27 aircraft which will begin carrying Chicago commuters in September. A second plane will join the fleet next January.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: The weather is discouraging for our great Democratic rally tomorrow, but never mind that. Let our Rock Island people show they can make a big procession themselves, rain or shine.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Apparatus arrived for drilling an artesian well on the premises of George Warner's Atlantic Brewery.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The German army continued its attacks on the allies line near the Belgian coast.
1939 -- 75 years ago: The farm home of Mr. and Mrs. Gus Zachert northwest of Buffalo Prairie, burned to the ground.
1964 -- 50 years ago: WVIK-FM, noncommercial educational radio station at Augustana College, will return to the air tomorrow. The station operates at a power of 10 watts at 90.9 megacycles on the frequency modulation band. The station is operated with a staff of 92 students.
1989 -- 25 years ago: An avenue of lights, 13 Christmas trees strung with more than 44,000 sparkling lights, will expand the Festival of Trees beyond the walls of RiverCenter in downtown Davenport in mid-November.


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