Day in history for March 24, 2007

1857 -- 150 years ago
Messrs. Harper And Steel have received a supply of Colt's new pocket revolvers, which is a decided improvement upon the old patent, not so clumsy, better finished and upon a smaller scale.

1882 -- 125 years ago
All available standing room at Harper's Theater was occupied when Edwin Booth, the great tragedian, appeared in the role of Hamlet.

1907 -- 100 years ago
Manager Jack Tighe of the Rock Island Three-Eye baseball team arrived today from his home in Scranton, Pa., to begin the work of shaping his team for the season.

1932 -- 75 years ago
Night air passenger service from Moline to the Atlantic Coast and the Southwest, the first in the history of the Quad-Cities, will be inaugurated by United Air Lines April 1.

1957 -- 50 years ago
A baby boy, discovered on the floor of St. Mary's Catholic Church vestibule, is fast becoming the sweetheart of the nursing staff of Moline Public Hospital. Hale, hearty and 7 pounds, the baby is spoiled already by attentive nurses who rock him to sleep on their off time.

1982 -- 25 years ago
Larry McCaw, of Silvis, received an Illinois Heart Association Life-Saving Award. Mr. McCaw used the Heimlich maneuver to dislodge a piece of food from the throat of a customer at Nino's, East Moline, the day before Thanksgiving last year.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: Miss McCorkindale has opened millinery rooms over Gimbel's dry goods store, where she offers a choice lot of millinery goods, which she will manufacture to order.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The little South Park Presbyterian chapel celebrated it first Easter decorated with flowers for an afternoon worship service attended by a large congregation.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The Wennerberg Chorus of Augustana College has returned from a 2,000-mile tour in the Eastern states and Illinois.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Col. Charles Lindbergh has stated that he is convinced that Germany's air force is equal to the combined sky fleets of her potential European foes.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Small gas motors may be permitted on boats in the lake to be built in Loud Thunder Forest Preserve. The prospect was discussed yesterday at a meeting of the Rock Island County Forest Preserve Commission.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The annual Dispatch/Rock Island Argus Spelling Bee continues to be a family tradition. Ed Lee, an eighth-grader at John Deere Junior High School, Moline, is the 1989 spelling bee champion from among 49 top spellers in Rock Island, Henry and Mercer counties. He advances to the competition in Washington, D.C. Runnerup was Ed's sister, Susan.






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