Day in history for January 2, 2007

1857 -- 150 years ago
Our carrier desires to express his thanks to the friends of this establishment who contributed to swell his finances on the presentation of his New Year's Day address.

1882 -- 125 years ago
The January term of court opened, but due to the absence of Judge Pleasants, the circuit court did not convene and the grand jurors were dismissed for the day.

1907 -- 100 years ago
Mrs. Jennie A. Johnston was installed as worthy matron of the Rock Island chapter of the Order of the Eastern Star.

1932 -- 75 years ago
Rock Island High School cagers started the new year in miserable fashion last night, bowing to a stronger Canton quintet, 33 to 8. The Rocks' only field goal was made by Gilluly.

1957 -- 50 years ago
A total of 1,336 persons entered the armed services through Quad-City draft boards and recruiting offices in 1956, a number matching almost exactly the 1,300 sent the previous year.

1982 -- 25 years ago
Despite a hefty $2 million price tag, the Illinois Department of Tourism believes its new traveler center and scenic outlook near Rapids City was worth the investment. The center, built on Interstate 80 and Illinois 84, is one of only four in the state, and the only one that remains open all year. The center offers travel and tourism information for the entire state.

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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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