Day in history for March 25, 2005

1855 -- 150 years ago
Suffering has been great among soldiers of the allies in the war with Russia, but something new has come upon the scene: female nurses. One company of English nurses is led by Florence Nightingale, an English heiress.

1880 -- 125 years ago
William Byrnes, bookkeeper at Crampton's Book Store, Rock Island, died at the age of 27. He had recently married.

1905 -- 100 years ago
William Jennings Bryan, former candidate for president, visited Rock Island Arsenal, dined with the Tri-City Press Club, and spoke in First Methodist Church, under auspices of the Rock Island YMCA.

1930 -- 75 years ago
Victory over Davenport gives the Rock Island High School debaters the Quad-Cities championship for this season. The Rock Island teams are composed of Willard Condo, Robert Tracy, Florence Lippens, Harold Grams, Roy Glockhoff and Henry Tallman.

1955 -- 50 years ago
Record-breaking cold, 5 above zero, is forecast for tonight in the Quad-Cities area. If the mercury plunges to 5 above it will be the lowest on record for so late in spring.

1980 -- 25 years ago
Three Rock Island Lines cars derailed at about 3 this morning at the 2300 block of 4th Avenue, Moline, spilling grain and blocking crossing gates between 8th and 23rd Streets until just after dawn.

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