Day in history for June 23, 2006

1856 -- 150 years ago
Monday morning we counted 13 steamboats at our levee, besides the two ferry boats.

1881 -- 125 years ago
Among relics recently received by the Rock Island Arsenal was a piece of artillery bearing the inscription, ''surrendered by the corporation of Yorktown, Oct. 16, 1781,'' with the motto, ''Dieu et mon droit.''

1906 -- 100 years ago
Ardo Mitchell and J.D. Cady have returned from Omaha, Neb., where they attended the trans-Mississippi Golf Tournament.

1931 -- 75 years ago
Fire hose, which many times in the past in Rock Island has been a storm center when its purchase has risen, threw the Rock Island City Council into a conflict last night that had many of the elements of controversies of other Councils.

1956 -- 50 years ago
Harold C. Johnson, Moline, was elected president of the Illinois Funeral Directors Assn. at the 76th annual convention in the Conrad Hilton Hotel, Chicago. Johnson is associated with Esterdahl Mortuary, Moline.

1981 -- 25 years ago
The Knights Drum And Bugle Corps will leave today on the first of two major tours of this season. The longest tour in the history of the Knights Corps will be the 19-day, 11-contest journey to the West Coast, including a parade and July 6 concert in Disneyland.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: Col. H.F. Sickless informs us that there will be new organization of troops in this state under the call for more men.
1889 -- 125 years ago: James Normoyle arrived home after graduating from West Point with honors in the class of 1889. He was to report to Fort Brady, Mich., as second lieutenant in the 23rd Infantry.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Austria Hungary declared war on Serbia. Germany and Austria refused an invitation of Sir Edward Grey to join Great Britain at a mediation conference.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Dr. William Mayo, the last of the three famous Mayo brother surgeons, died at the age of 78.
1964 -- 50 years ago: One of the biggest horse shows of the season was held yesterday at Hillandale Arena on Knoxville Road under the sponsorship of the Illowa Horsemen's Club.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Davenport is like a gigantic carnival this weekend with the Bix Arts Fest taking over 12 square blocks of the downtown area. A festive atmosphere prevailed Friday as thousands of people turned out to sample what the Arts Fest has to offer.

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