Day in history for December 16, 2007

1857 -- 150 years ago
It has been suggested that a festival for the benefit of the poor of Rock Island would not be inappropriate. We have been requested to mention the subject.

1882 -- 125 years ago
Christine Nilsson, the peerless Swedish songstress, has agreed to present a concert at Augustana College next month when she returns from a tour of California.

1907 -- 100 years ago
The Union Electric Co. presented a new ordinance to the city council last night raising its rates to $52 a year for business phones and $27 for residential phones.

1932 -- 75 years ago
After a sinking spell which produced a reading of 10 below zero in Rock Island this morning for a new all-time official minimum, the mercury began to rise and the forecast indicated that temperatures would probably warm up to zero tonight.

1957 -- 50 years ago
Twenty-two Rock Island city employees are scheduled to receive service awards as a feature of the third annual City Employees Christmas Party to be held Thursday night at Watch Tower Inn in Black Hawk State Park.

1982 -- 25 years ago
Picture a good cross country runner. Then, picture a good wrestler. Now, picture them as one in the same. The image of good cross country runner being a good wrestler doesn't seem to fit. But it does if you are East Moline's John Sandoval.

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1864 — 150 years ago: It is estimated that 300,000 people attended the recent Democratic convention in Chicago when Gen. George B. McClellan of New Jersey was nominated as a candidate for president of the United States.
1889 — 125 years ago: Alderman Frank Ill, Winslow Howard and Captain J.M. Montgomery returned from Milwaukee, where they attended the national Grand Army of the Republic encampment.
1914 — 100 years ago: Three members of the Rock Island YMCA accepted positions as physical directors of other associations. Albert Cook went to Kewanee, C.D. Curtis to Canton and Willis Woods to Leavenworth, Kan.
1939 — 75 years ago: Former President Herbert Hoover appealed for national support of President F.D. Roosevelt and Congress in every effort to keep the United States out of war.
1964 — 50 years ago: The Rock Island Junior chamber pf Commerce has received answers to about 65 % of the 600 questionnaires mailed out recently in a "Community Attitude Survey" to analyze sentiments of citizens towards their city's various recreational, educational, and civic service programs.
1989 — 25 years ago: The two thunderstorms passing through the Quad Cities last night and early today left some area residents reaching for their flashlights.






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