Day in history for December 12, 2007

1857 -- 150 years ago
The annual meeting of the Rock Island County Agricultural Society will be held Jan. 6 in the courthouse.

1882 -- 125 years ago
The little oil heater and illuminator in car No. 1 of the Milan line has proved so complete a success that the heater also will be installed in car No. 2 immediately.

1907 -- 100 years ago
Louis James, one of the greatest exponents of Shakespeare, will appear as Falstaff in the play 'The Merry Wives of Windsor' at the Illinois Theater.

1932 -- 75 years ago
The Messiah, Handel's famous oratorio, will be presented at Augustana College gymnasium next week for unemployed residents and their families, one of the Rock Island Playground and Recreation Commission's community night events.

1957 -- 50 years ago
An informal discussion of a planned 1,700-acre industrial park on Big Island and along Andalusia Road, in and near Rock Island's annexed territory, was carried out last night by a few members of Rock Island's City Council and Planning Commission.

1982 -- 25 years ago
Two Augustana College alumni returned to fill solo roles for this year's presentation of 'Messiah' by the Handel Oratorio Society. Soprano Suzanne Johnson (class of 1959) and tenor Robert Johnson (class of 1957) were given a warm greeting by Quad-Citians in Centennial Hall.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: Yesterday some bold thief stole a full bolt of calico from a box in front of Wadsworth's store, where it was on exhibition.
1889 -- 125 years ago: A team belonging to Peter Priese got away from its driver and made a mad run across the Rock Island Bridge. The driver was thrown from his seat but not hurt.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Carlton Taylor was appointed district deputy grand master for the 14th
Masonic District of Illinois.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Moline's million dollar municipal airport was dedicated to air transportation and the national defense by Lt. Gov. John Stelle.
1964 -- 50 years ago: THE ARGUS will be election headquarters for Rock Island County tomorrow night, and the public is invited to watch the operation. The closing of the polls at 6 p.m. will mark the start of open house in the newsroom. Visitors will see staff members receiving, tabulating and posting returns.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Few bricks actually tumbled, but no one seemed to mind as about 1,000 people gathered to celebrate the formal start of demolition at the site of a downtown civic center.




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