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: 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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