Day in history for November 20, 2006

1856 -- 150 years ago
At a meeting of the city council last night, a bill in favor of the Rock Island Gas and Coke Co. for putting in street lamps was presented. The bill amounts to $3,000.

1881 -- 125 years ago
A heavy snowstorm is in progress.

1906 -- 100 years ago
The play, ''Forty Years of Freedom,'' will be given at Turner Hall next week for the benefit of the McKinley Baptist Church.

1931 -- 75 years ago
Rock Island Eagles Lodge No. 956 hopes to have a class of 50 candidates up for adoption Tuesday evening in honor of the coming of Judge J.C. Canty of Galveston, Texas, grand worthy president of the Eagles.

1956 -- 50 years ago
Rock Island County students drank an average of 33.2 quarts of milk each in school milk programs during the year January, 1955, to January, 1956. The consumption applies to 28,766 students in the 34 schools, out of the county total of 46, participating in the milk program. The goal of the milk program is 45 quarts per student each year.

1981 -- 25 years ago
President Ronald Reagan's tie clasp will be sold at the Winning Wheels Charity auction Saturday. Administrator Paul ''Doc'' Yackley said the clasp was received this morning at the center. Yackley said the tie clasp has Reagan's signature etched on it and shows the Presidential Seal.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: After Sept. 1, every small box of matches will be required to have a 3 cent duty Lincoln stamp on it, and every large box will be one cent for every 100 matches.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Rock Island residents had contributed a total of $1,293 to the American Red Cross for the Johnstown flood relief fund.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Capt. Clark Means, new darkhorse twirler for the ARGUS staff, was in great form in his initial contest as a mound laborer. The result was that THE ARGUS trimmed the Union 6-5.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Hunter and Humprey Moody, young Decatur, Ill, brothers, lack only a few hours of establishing a new world light plane endurance record.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Gates of the 110th annual Mercer County Fair swing open tonight at Aledo for a full week of day and night activity. More that $36,000 will be paid in premiums and race purses.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The baseball field carved out of the cornfield near Dyersville, Iowa, continues to keep dreams alive for hundreds of visitors. Tourists from 26 state and France have visited Dan Lansing's farm to see the baseball diamond seen in the hit movie "Field of Dreams."






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