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: We learn that it is a contemplation to start a paper mill in Rock Island during the summer by a gentleman from the East.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The gates of Oklahoma were swung open at noon today, and a throng of more than 30,000 settlers started over its soil.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The Iowa Coliseum Co. was incorporated with $40,000 capital and planned a building on 4th Street between Warren and Green streets in Davenport.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Plans are being discussed for resurfacing the streets in the entire downtown district of Rock Island.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Some 45 jobs will be created at J.I. Case Co.'s Rock Island plant in a expansion of operations announced yesterday afternoon at the firm's headquarters in Racine, Wis.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Gardeners and farmers cheered, but not all Quad-Citians found joy Saturday as more than an inch of rain fell on the area. Motorists faced dangerous, rain-slick roads as the water activated grease and grime that had built up during dry weather.








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