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: A new steamer, Keithsburg, now is at our levee taking on board the balance of her fixtures preparatory to assuming her position on the daily Rock Island and Keokuk line.
1889 -- 125 years ago: C.W. Hawes was appointed deputy county clerk by county clerk Donaldson.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Mrs. O.E. child, of Moline, was named president of the Women's Home Missionary Society of the Methodist Church Rock Island District of the Central Illinois conference.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Augustana College is making plans for a drive for funds to erect a field house and make football field improvements.
1964 -- 50 years ago: A expanded election coverage system featuring a 16-foot chalkboard showing up to the minute running totals, attracted a large and enthusiastic crowd to The Argus newsroom last night.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Balloons frame Rock Island attorney Stewart Winstein who was given a surprise party in the rotunda of the Rock Island County Courthouse on Thursday to honor his 50th year of practicing law.




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