Day in history for January 23, 2006

1856 -- 150 years ago
At a meeting of the Rock Island City Council last night a committee recommended the purchasing of one fire engine.

1881 -- 125 years ago
The Rev. R.H. Barnes of Keota, Iowa, was in charge of services today at the United Presbyterian Church.

1906 -- 100 years ago
The Cinch Club gave a farewell party in honor of Mr. and Mrs. John Marten.

1931 -- 75 years ago
Max Schmeling, heavyweight boxing champion of the world, will appear in an exhibition bout at the Moline Field House on April 8.

1956 -- 50 years ago
''Operation Family Lift'' was re-routed through Rock Island yesterday morning. Rock Island relatives of men serving aboard the USS Worchester had the opportunity for a brief visit with some of their loved ones. The Navy is moving the families of men serving aboard the ship from the east to the west coast.

1981 -- 25 years ago
''They Are Free, Thank GOD.'' Those are the only words on 10 billboards set up this week throughout the Quad-Cities. The dramatic release of the 52 American hostages from Iran Tuesday prompted a Rock Island advertising firm to post the signs to express the relief felt nationwide when the Iranian government ended the captives' 14-month ordeal.

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1864 — 150 years ago: A large pair of elk, captured in Iowa, were exhibited in Market Square today.
1889 — 125 years ago: The Rock Island Arsenal dam was being constructed under the supervision of Charles Frances, of Lowell, Mass.
1914 — 100 years ago: Mrs. Frank Mixer, of Rock Island, was the winner of the final preliminary for the women's handicap golf cup at Rock Island arsenal links.
1939 — 75 years ago: Sixteen hundred persons — many from war-fearful Europe — arrived in New York aboard the German liner Bremen. For two days on the trip, passengers were cut off from the world with both incoming and outgoing radio messages banned.
1964 — 50 years ago: Police reported five youths have been involved in the theft of about seven cars in recent weeks. Three of the youths were arrested Saturday afternoon, one was in custody as the result of a previous arrest, and the fifth is expected to be arrested today.
1989 — 25 years ago: The Rock Island/Milan School Board is asking the city to tear down Franklin School and allow the school district to pay back the estimated $100,00 cost during 10 years.






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