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: The ferry boat, Rock Island, having been put in good order at the boat yard is now making her regular trips, much to the gratification of those who have to cross the river.
1889 -- 125 years ago: W.J. Gamble, for many years superintendent of the Moline & Rock Island railway, leased the Fourth Avenue Hotel and renovated and refurnished it throughout.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Pending the building of new public schools or additions to the present ones to provide adequate room for all the children, the board of education decided that pupils younger than 6 years old would not be accepted in Rock Island schools.
1939 -- 75 years ago: The fifth annual New Windsor Fair and Horse show, which has been delayed for two days because of unfavorable weather, got off to a new start last night. The parade was held this morning.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The Rock Island County Fair and Rodeo will celebrate its silver anniversary this year. The fair opens Tuesday and will run through Saturday and offers entertainment and activity for young and old.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Earl Hanson School, Rock Island, joins the Program to Assist Latch Key Student, which aids working parents. PALS is a before and after school program for grades 1-6 in certain Rock Island public and private schools.




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