Day in history for April 9, 2005

1855 -- 150 years ago
The Philadelphia Ledger makes the startling statement that the entire debt of the nation, including debts of states and federal governments, is 275 million dollars.

1880 -- 125 years ago
Henry Carse, Republican, was elected mayor in Rock Island, defeating J.C. Cameron, a Fusion candidate. M.M. Corbett, Democrat, was elected city attorney over J.I. Parks, Republican.

1905 -- 100 years ago
Andrew Olson, Democrat, was elected mayor in Moline, beating Dr. P.H. Wessel, Republican.

1930 -- 75 years ago
America's first television program was broadcast in a special theater in Jersey City, N.J.

1955 -- 50 years ago
Marine Capt. Guy O. Badger, Davenport, today was credited with saving the aircraft and possibly the life of an Air Force captain at Kaneohe Bay, Marine Air Station, Hawaii. When the jet plane of an Air Force captain made a forced landing at the station, and caught fire, Capt. Badger taxied in front with his own ''Banshee'' jet plane and used his jet blast to blow out the fire.

1980 -- 25 years ago
The village of Alpha had its second major fire since August when most of the R and H Johnson Lumber Co. was destroyed in a blaze early this morning. Loss is estimated at least $150,000. Cause of the fire is unknown.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: Telegraph reports state that, about 6 o'clock on the evening of the 20th, Quantrill, with about 800 of his thieves and robbers, surrounded Lawrence, Kan., and burned it to the ground.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Newton Beer's production of "Lost in London," which had a successful run for three seasons, was presented at Harper's Theater.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The German army commanded by Fran Duke Albrecht of Wurtemburg defeated the French army at Neufchmtenu.
1939 -- 75 years ago: John Deere Harvester Works in East Moline is starting a four-story, $104,000 addition to the combine assembly building.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Short Hills Country Club held onto its lead yesterday despite a rally by host Davenport Country Club and claimed the team title in the Sunshine Cup golf series.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Quad-Citians can look forward to more excitement and fun at this year's Rock Island Labor Day parade at 9:30 a.m. Sept 4, say organizers. This years theme is "Celebrate Rock Island."






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