Day in history for February 2, 2007

1857 -- 150 years ago
We have been shown a new kind of pen by the manufacturer, S. DeWolf. It is made of copper. DeWolf is in the city and will visit our merchants to solicit orders.

1882 -- 125 years ago
The machinery for the Cable Waterworks was shipped from Lockport, N.Y. yesterday.

1907 -- 100 years ago
James J. Corbett appeared in the ''The Lady and the Burglar'' at the Illinois Theater today.

1932 -- 75 years ago
Major L.H. Campbell Jr., acting commandant of the Rock Island Arsenal, announced today new traffic regulations designed to speed up the passage of motor vehicles through the island.

1957 -- 50 years ago
Mrs. Tom O. (Margaret Roberts) Nobis, Davenport, who has been singing in opera in various cities in Italy as Margherita Roberti, has scored a hit at Massimo Theater, Palermo, Sicily, the largest opera house in Italy. The highlight of her career was the five performances of Verdi's opera ''I Vespri Siciliani.''

1982 -- 25 years ago
Judge David DeDoncker took his wife and children, Tom, a sophomore at Alleman High School; Eileen, a senior in biomedical engineering at the University of Iowa; and John, a senior at Alleman High School, and a friend of the family, Tim McClean of Moline, to Innsbruck, Austria, to ski over the winter holidays.

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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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