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 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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