Day in history for January 21, 2007

1857 -- 150 years ago
We visited the gas works yesterday and found that the great obstacle in the way of repair of the gas holder is to raise it from its present position so that the leak can be found.

1882 -- 125 years ago
The Argus quoted the price of April wheat at $1.38 on the Chicago grain market.

1907 -- 100 years ago
Commandant S.E. Blunt of Rock Island Arsenal has sent out advertisements for bids for the new bridge across Sylvan Slough at 24th Street.

1932 -- 75 years ago
''Educate Yourself'' will be the subject of the lecture by Rabbi David Graubart at the Beth Israel Synagogue tomorrow night.

1957 -- 50 years ago
Police today were continuing an investigation into a bomb scare Sunday night at the Capitol Theater following a telephone warning to the theater shortly before 9 p.m. The ticket office received a warning from a mild mannered voice which said, ''Listen carefully, there is a bomb in the theater.''

1982 -- 25 years ago
Area teenagers who want to drive before they're 18 years old are going to have to pay more for the privilege. The legislature boosted the driver's license learner's permit fee from $8 to $20 effective Jan. 1 in an effort to raise more money to keep the program alive, but it still won't cover all the local costs, school officials said today.

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