Day in history for December 27, 2006

1856 -- 150 years ago
Christmas was a very quiet institution in Rock Island, no fights, nobody drunk and no police items. A good many went to church and some went skating.

1881 -- 125 years ago
Members of the Ada Gray combination registered at the Harper House yesterday.

1906 -- 100 years ago
The Young Men's Christian Assn. will hold open house on New Year's Day.

1931 -- 75 years ago
City employees will contribute two percent of their monthly salaries, beginning in January, to the City Council Committee on Unemployment.

1956 -- 50 years ago
The first Hungarian refugees are expected to arrive in the Quad-Cities tomorrow. Laszlo Kovacs, 2516 15th Ave., Moline, who is sponsoring his nephew and the man's wife, talked to him yesterday. The 28-year-old Hungarian called from Camp Kilmer, New Jersey. Kovacs said the couple were flown to the U.S. from Vienna in the Air Force airlift.

1981 -- 25 years ago
The annual Coyne Center-Coal Valley winter water fight is akin to someone going outside in the freezing cold, turning on the garden hose and standing under the spray. Sensible people don't do that. But more than 15 volunteer fire departments thought it sounded like fun so they went to Coal Valley last Saturday to participate in the third annual winter water fights.

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1864 — 150 years ago: A large pair of elk, captured in Iowa, were exhibited in Market Square today.
1889 — 125 years ago: The Rock Island Arsenal dam was being constructed under the supervision of Charles Frances, of Lowell, Mass.
1914 — 100 years ago: Mrs. Frank Mixer, of Rock Island, was the winner of the final preliminary for the women's handicap golf cup at Rock Island arsenal links.
1939 — 75 years ago: Sixteen hundred persons — many from war-fearful Europe — arrived in New York aboard the German liner Bremen. For two days on the trip, passengers were cut off from the world with both incoming and outgoing radio messages banned.
1964 — 50 years ago: Police reported five youths have been involved in the theft of about seven cars in recent weeks. Three of the youths were arrested Saturday afternoon, one was in custody as the result of a previous arrest, and the fifth is expected to be arrested today.
1989 — 25 years ago: The Rock Island/Milan School Board is asking the city to tear down Franklin School and allow the school district to pay back the estimated $100,00 cost during 10 years.






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