Day in history for April 3, 2006

1856 -- 150 years ago
People were anxiously looking for April showers yesterday, but instead of a snow we had a downright rain, accompanied by the music of thunder.

1881 -- 125 years ago
Solon Chase, Greenback from Maine, delivered a political address in Dart's Hall last night.

1906 -- 100 years ago
At a meeting of the Men's Club of the Broadway Presbyterian Church last night the Lake Forest Glee and Mandolin Club was heard in concert.

1931 -- 75 years ago
An hour's broadcast of the funeral services for Knute Rockne, famous Notre Dame coach killed in an airplane crash, is to be made tomorrow afternoon by its coast to coast network, the Columbia Broadcasting System announced today.

1956 -- 50 years ago
One of the country's largest planes, a C-124 Globemaster, one of the Air Force's cargo ships, is the largest ever to land at the Quad-City Airport. Workmen loaded aluminum sheeting from the Bettendorf Alcoa plant consigned to the west coast.

1981 -- 25 years ago
It's been a trying week for 28-year-old Sharon Rexroth, a Quad-City native and this year's Mrs. Iowa. Competition among the 50 contestants at the Mrs. America pageant in Las Vegas, Nev., has been stiff. The pageant will run through Saturday.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: It is rumored in the streets that the 13 negroes sent to Quincy on the Moline quota were refused. We think this must be a mistake.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Harvey McKenna, of Detroit, billiard player matched to play Wizard Schafer in New York in January for the world championship, was a professional friend and manager, Billy Catton in Rock Island.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Levi Cralle, former Rock Island county sheriff, had come from his farm near Mitchell, S.D. to visit friends in the city.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Work is being rushed on the new high school building in Orion to replace the one destroyed by fire last winter. Classes are being held in churches.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Rehearsals for the 84th season of the Handel Oratorio Society chorus will begin at 7:30 p.m. Monday on the stage of Centennial Hall, Augustana College.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Rock Island City Council's plan announced this week to have the federal government vacate Valley Homes public housing and move residents to Arsenal Courts to reduce density may not be feasible.






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