Day in history for December 8, 2005

1855 -- 150 years ago
For sometime past we notice that the street lamps have not been lighted till about 7 o'clock and extinguished soon after 9 o'clock, giving the public the benefit of light an average of about two hours these long and dark nights.

1880 -- 125 years ago
Today was the coldest winter day of the present season.

1905 -- 100 years ago
Dr. and Mrs. W.H. Ludewig will give a musicale and reception at the Harms Hotel tonight for Mrs. Charles Kriewitz and daughter, Miss Cora of Chicago.

1930 -- 75 years ago
The Tri-City Symphony Orchestra, under Ludwig Becker's leadership, joined forces with one of the world's greatest soloists, Miss Hallie Stiles, to present the opening concert of the 1930-31 season at the Moline field house.

1955 -- 50 years ago
Plans are underway to interest the United States government to issue a commemorative postage stamp in connection with the observance next April 21 of the centennial of the first railroad bridge across the Mississippi River.

1980 -- 25 years ago
''The music died today.'' That's what KSTT disc jockey Spike O'Dell told his listeners this morning, toning down his usually manic program in the wake of the shooting death of ex-Beatle John Lennon.

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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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