Day in history for January 6, 2006

1856 -- 150 years ago
We hear that the Hutchinsons had a crowded house and repeated their usual abolition songs offering insults to such names as President Pierce, Sen. Douglas, Edward Everett, Judge Curtice, and others.

1881 -- 125 years ago
During the month of December a total of 19,251 foot passengers crossed the Rock Island bridge; also 533 passenger cars, 9,443 freight cars and 19,630 teams.

1906 -- 100 years ago
The Tri-Cities Newswriters Assn. held a dinner gathering at the Harms Hotel last night. James F. Egan delivered the address.

1931 -- 75 years ago
Plans for the Rock Island locks and dam for the nine foot channel development have been approved by the federal engineer board for rivers and harbors.

1956 -- 50 years ago
Rock Island County sheriff's deputies and Davenport police searched the skies and land along the Mississippi River from Credit Island to Andalusia after receiving reports on ''ships from outer space.'' But they learned the ''saucers'' were only reflections from powerful searchlights turned on to advertise the opening of a supermarket at Monmouth.

1981 -- 25 years ago
The United Township High School board voted Monday to obtain a $5,000 option to buy 5.8 acres of land next to south campus.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: The weather is discouraging for our great Democratic rally tomorrow, but never mind that. Let our Rock Island people show they can make a big procession themselves, rain or shine.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Apparatus arrived for drilling an artesian well on the premises of George Warner's Atlantic Brewery.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The German army continued its attacks on the allies line near the Belgian coast.
1939 -- 75 years ago: The farm home of Mr. and Mrs. Gus Zachert northwest of Buffalo Prairie, burned to the ground.
1964 -- 50 years ago: WVIK-FM, noncommercial educational radio station at Augustana College, will return to the air tomorrow. The station operates at a power of 10 watts at 90.9 megacycles on the frequency modulation band. The station is operated with a staff of 92 students.
1989 -- 25 years ago: An avenue of lights, 13 Christmas trees strung with more than 44,000 sparkling lights, will expand the Festival of Trees beyond the walls of RiverCenter in downtown Davenport in mid-November.


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