Day in history for February 1, 2008

1858 -- 150 years ago
The different coal companies have held a meeting and resolved to advance the price of coal to 11 cents per bushel. They say they have been losing money in furnishing it at the low rates they have been charging.

1883 -- 125 years ago
Every act of the play which opens tonight at the Harper Theater is embellished with scenery which the company has transported all the way from New York.

1908 -- 100 years ago
Prof. Sigfrid Laurin of the Augustana Conservatory of music will present a series of educational piano recitals beginning next week.

1933 -- 75 years ago
The Argus reported today that John Galsworthy, British novelist and dramatist and 1932 Nobel prize winner died yesterday at his home.

1958 -- 50 years ago
A vault at Augustana College today holds 30 millicuries of cobalt 60, a radioactive material. It will provide actual experience for future classes in radiological monitoring in Rock Island's Civil Defense program. Rock Island is one of eight locations in Illinois where cobalt is available for radiological instruction. The shipment was approved by the federal Civil Defense agency.

1983 -- 25 years ago
Mary Jaggers rolled a Dispatch Super Bowler score of 615 recently in the River Valley League at Highland Park Bowl. She had games of 183, 222 and 210.

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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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