Day in history for October 29, 2006

1856 -- 150 years ago
Professor Lee's Dancing Academy, which was scheduled to be held this evening at Empire Hall, has been postponed until next Monday evening. Young people will welcome this opportunity for evening amusement during the winter months.

1881 -- 125 years ago
Anthony and Ellis' ''Uncle Tom's Cabin'' is the attraction at Harper's Theater this afternoon and evening.

1906 -- 100 years ago
The Rock Island High School football team defeated Sterling Saturday by a score of 28 to 0.

1931 -- 75 years ago
The Hennepin Canal, closed since washouts of embankment in the vicinity of Wyanet and Tiskilwa, will be opened to traffic again Tuesday.

1956 -- 50 years ago
Earl H. Hall, Silvis, is the author of ''As Time Went By,'' a volume of 58 poems published by Comet Press Books, New York City. Hall, an electrician in the Silvis shops of the Rock Island Lines Railroad, has been termed ''the poet laureate of Silvis.'' He has lived in Silvis for 50 years.

1981 -- 25 years ago
The Swenson Swedish Immigration Research Center at Augustana College, opened Sept. 1 after a $500,000 gift from Birger and Lyal Swenson of Rock Island, houses more than 8,000 volumes, extensive personal papers of prominent Swedish immigrants and microfilms of church records and Swedish-American newspapers.

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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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