Day in history for November 5, 2006

1856 -- 150 years ago
Many persons born in foreign lands were prevented from voting yesterday because they had not perfected their naturalization on account of there not being a court here until today.

1881 -- 125 years ago
Word reached here that the steamer War Eagle crashed into a span of the Keokuk and Hamilton Bridge last night breaking it into fragments.

1906 -- 100 years ago
Principal H.E. Brown of Rock Island High School was named chairman of the executive committee of the Northwestern Teachers Assn.

1931 -- 75 years ago
Sea Scouting was introduced into Rock Island when four ships were organized at a meeting at Legion Hall. Leaders for each of the ships are Emery C. Moody, Charles Esplin, Howard Custer and Frank VanHorn.

1956 -- 50 years ago
Robert A. Lancaster, 18, of 2107 Davey St., Davenport, was arrested Saturday night by Moline police because, they charged, he made too much noise with a burglar alarm on his car.

1981 -- 25 years ago
The surprise Jennifer Heberling felt after learning a balloon she had released at a Moline church landed at the boyhood home of President Ronald Reagan in Dixon, was nothing compared to the surprise she got today from the White House. Jennifer received a congratulatory letter signed by Reagan and a photograph of him and Mrs. Reagan.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: Journeymen shoemakers of Rock Island struck for higher wages yesterday morning, asking 25 percent increases. Employers have acceded to their demand.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Lighting struck wires of the Merchants Electric Light Co. during a furious storm, and many Rock Island business houses were compelled to resort to gas as a means of illumination.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Members of the First Church of Christ, Scientist, decided to erect a new edifice at a cost of about $60,000.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Willard Anderson, junior forward for the Augustana College basketball team, which won 17 out of 22 contests, was elected captain of the quintet.
1964 -- 50 years ago: John Hoffman, Moline, president of the Sac-Fox Council of Boy Scouts, will be honored for his 50 years in scouting by members of the council at a dinner Thursday evening.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Quad-Cities has what is believed to be the area's first elite-class gymnast. It's the stuff upon which Olympic competitors are made. Tiffany Chapman, of Rock Island, not only has earned the highest possible gymnast ranking, she won the honor at age 11.






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