Day in history for January 29, 2008

1858 -- 150 years ago
We recently visited several of the public schools in the first and second wards. We heard classes recite with recitations combining exercises in spelling, reading and attention to what is read in a manner that is novel to us.

1883 -- 125 years ago
Should the weather not be too stormy, the electric light company will begin to remove the troublesome trees on Elm and 20th Streets.

1908 -- 100 years ago
Aldermen voted to accept the new bridge over the Sears Canal, and to have the next bridge raised to a level with the south end of the new structure.

1933 -- 75 years ago
The Argus reported today that Adolf Hitler, leader of the National Socialist Party in Germany, today was appointed chancellor of Germany.

1958 -- 50 years ago
Augustana College will be the recipient of Sky Ridge Observatory of Dr. Carl Gamble, noted amateur astronomer who died Saturday, his family announced today.

1983 -- 25 years ago
Earnings on a common share of Iowa-Illinois Gas and Electric Company increased 14 percent over the last year from $3.45 in 1981 to $3.95 in 1982, according to a company spokesman. The company's revenues also increased about 14 percent to $475 million with the recovery of higher purchased gas costs accounting for almost half of the increase.

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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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