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: Yesterday some bold thief stole a full bolt of calico from a box in front of Wadsworth's store, where it was on exhibition.
1889 -- 125 years ago: A team belonging to Peter Priese got away from its driver and made a mad run across the Rock Island Bridge. The driver was thrown from his seat but not hurt.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Carlton Taylor was appointed district deputy grand master for the 14th
Masonic District of Illinois.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Moline's million dollar municipal airport was dedicated to air transportation and the national defense by Lt. Gov. John Stelle.
1964 -- 50 years ago: THE ARGUS will be election headquarters for Rock Island County tomorrow night, and the public is invited to watch the operation. The closing of the polls at 6 p.m. will mark the start of open house in the newsroom. Visitors will see staff members receiving, tabulating and posting returns.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Few bricks actually tumbled, but no one seemed to mind as about 1,000 people gathered to celebrate the formal start of demolition at the site of a downtown civic center.




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