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: Journeymen shoemakers of Rock Island struck for higher wages yesterday morning, asking 25 percent increases. Employers have acceded to their demand.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Lighting struck wires of the Merchants Electric Light Co. during a furious storm, and many Rock Island business houses were compelled to resort to gas as a means of illumination.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Members of the First Church of Christ, Scientist, decided to erect a new edifice at a cost of about $60,000.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Willard Anderson, junior forward for the Augustana College basketball team, which won 17 out of 22 contests, was elected captain of the quintet.
1964 -- 50 years ago: John Hoffman, Moline, president of the Sac-Fox Council of Boy Scouts, will be honored for his 50 years in scouting by members of the council at a dinner Thursday evening.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Quad-Cities has what is believed to be the area's first elite-class gymnast. It's the stuff upon which Olympic competitors are made. Tiffany Chapman, of Rock Island, not only has earned the highest possible gymnast ranking, she won the honor at age 11.






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