Day in history for August 17, 2006

1856 -- 150 years ago
A night or two ago some house breakers entered the house of Mr. Thomas Giddison and stole $25 from the pocket of Mr. F.M. Buckles while he was sleeping.

1881 -- 125 years ago
Friends of Ald. M.S. O'Neill surprised him last night on the occasion of his 37th birthday. City Atty. Parks presented the alderman with a gold mounted ebony cane.

1906 -- 100 years ago
Mrs. H.H. Cleaveland entertained last evening at an informal musicale.

1931 -- 75 years ago
With the Mississippi River at a low stage equaling the all time August record, Quad-City residents experienced the novelty of walking on the river bed from the Rock Island Arsenal Island.

1956 -- 50 years ago
Results of the examination, held in Moline City Hall, to select a candidate to fill the vacancy of assistant chief of police will be announced Wednesday. Four applicants took the examination. They are Sgts. Paul Anderson, Charles Larson and Steve Rogenski and Traffic Lt. Ray Kinkead.

1981 -- 25 years ago
Work resumed today on two Quad-City Airport construction projects slowed last week by union members sympathetic to the striking air traffic controllers. Professional Air Traffic Controllers Organization Local 371 President Jeff Irwin said the union's picket line was moved away from the construction sites.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: The weather is discouraging for our great Democratic rally tomorrow, but never mind that. Let our Rock Island people show they can make a big procession themselves, rain or shine.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Apparatus arrived for drilling an artesian well on the premises of George Warner's Atlantic Brewery.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The German army continued its attacks on the allies line near the Belgian coast.
1939 -- 75 years ago: The farm home of Mr. and Mrs. Gus Zachert northwest of Buffalo Prairie, burned to the ground.
1964 -- 50 years ago: WVIK-FM, noncommercial educational radio station at Augustana College, will return to the air tomorrow. The station operates at a power of 10 watts at 90.9 megacycles on the frequency modulation band. The station is operated with a staff of 92 students.
1989 -- 25 years ago: An avenue of lights, 13 Christmas trees strung with more than 44,000 sparkling lights, will expand the Festival of Trees beyond the walls of RiverCenter in downtown Davenport in mid-November.


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