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: Some persons are negotiating for 80 feet of ground on Illinois Street with a view of erecting four stores thereon. It would serve a better purpose if the money was invested in neat tenement houses.
1889 — 125 years ago: The Central station, car house and stables of the Moline-Rock Island Horse Railway line of the Holmes syndicate, together with 15 cars and 42 head of horses, were destroyed by fire. The loss was at $15,000.
1914 — 100 years ago: Vera Cruz, Mexico, after a day and night of resistance to American forces, gradually ceased opposition. The American forces took complete control of the city.
1939 — 75 years ago: Dr. R. Bruce Collins was reelected for a second term as president of the Lower Rock Island County Tuberculosis Association.
1964 — 50 years ago: Work is scheduled to begin this summer on construction of a new men's residence complex and an addition to the dining facilities at Westerlin Hall at Augustana College.
1989 — 25 years ago: Special Olympics competitors were triple winners at Rock Island High School Saturday. The participants vanquished the rain that fell during the competition, and some won their events; but most important, they triumphed over their own disabilities.




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