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: We are informed by J.H. Hull that the reason the street sprinkler was not at work yesterday settling the dust on the streets, was because one of his horses was injured.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Bonnie McGregor, a fleet-footed stallion owned by S.W. Wheelock of this community, covered himself with glory at Lexington, Ky, when he ran a mile in 2:13 1/2. The horse's value was estimated as at least $50,000.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Troops are pouring into Paris to prepare for defense of the city. The German army is reported to be only 60 miles from the capital of France.
1939 -- 75 years ago: The German army has invaded Poland in undeclared warfare. Poland has appealed to Great Britain and France for aid.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Publication of a plant newspaper, the Farmall Works News, has been launched at the Rock Island IHC factory and replaces a managerial newsletter.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Officials predict Monday's Rock Island Labor Parade will be the biggest and best ever. Last minute work continues on floats and costumes for the parade, which steps off a 9:30 a.m.




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