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: 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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