Day in history for February 23, 2006

1856 -- 150 years ago
Our sidewalks need looking to. In many places where they were ordered to be constructed nothing has been done.

1881 -- 125 years ago
Mr. and Mrs. S.W. McCullough of Taylor Ridge celebrated their crystal wedding anniversary Monday.

1906 -- 100 years ago
''Reuben in New York'' is the attraction at the Illinois Theater tonight.

1931 -- 75 years ago
A famous London painter chose six American movie actresses whom he considered ''most beautiful.'' Among them were Marlene Dietrich, because ''only Michaelangelo could duplicate her,'' Norma Shearer, because she is ''a lovely, simple woman whom sophistication has not spoiled,'' and Greta Garbo, because ''she is absolutely mad, and being mad, is therefore ethereal.''

1956 -- 50 years ago
Rock Island police continued an investigation into the theft of $60 from basketball game ticket sales at the Athletic Shop, 1825 3rd Ave., Rock Island.

1981 -- 25 years ago
Burrell L. Small, 62, a major figure in Midwestern broadcasting, died Sunday in a Kankakee hospital. Mr. Small, of Kankakee, was president and chairman of the Mid America Media Group, whose properties include radio stations WQUA, Moline, and KRVR, Davenport, nine other radio stations and two cable systems.

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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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