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: We are informed by J.H. Hull that the reason the street sprinkler was not at work yesterday settling the dust on the streets, was because one of his horses was injured.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Bonnie McGregor, a fleet-footed stallion owned by S.W. Wheelock of this community, covered himself with glory at Lexington, Ky, when he ran a mile in 2:13 1/2. The horse's value was estimated as at least $50,000.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Troops are pouring into Paris to prepare for defense of the city. The German army is reported to be only 60 miles from the capital of France.
1939 -- 75 years ago: The German army has invaded Poland in undeclared warfare. Poland has appealed to Great Britain and France for aid.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Publication of a plant newspaper, the Farmall Works News, has been launched at the Rock Island IHC factory and replaces a managerial newsletter.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Officials predict Monday's Rock Island Labor Parade will be the biggest and best ever. Last minute work continues on floats and costumes for the parade, which steps off a 9:30 a.m.




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