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 ladies have adopted the fashion of wearing representations of insects in the flowers on their bonnets. Some look very natural.
1889 -- 125 years ago: T.F. Cary, former Rock Island alderman, has accepted a position as salesman for a Chicago wallpaper house and plans to move to that city.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Work on the new telephone building on 18th Street between 6th and 7th avenues is progressing rapidly.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Rock Island's new theater at 3rd Avenue and 19th Street will have a name significant of its location. The "Rocket" is scheduled to open Thanksgiving Day.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Two of Rock Island's newest water towers were vandalized last night, including the one at 38th Street and 31st Avenue, where police took five Moline boys into custody about 9 p.m..
1989 -- 25 years ago: Some of us who live in the Quad-Cities take the Mississippi River for granted, or at least we used to. But the river is not taken for granted by our visitors. And most Quad-Citians are realizing the importance of the river to this area as increased emphasis is placed on tourism.







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