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: 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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