Day in history for February 20, 2008

1858 -- 150 years ago
The cold, sharp winter weather is refreshing. The mercury Wednesday went as low as 16 below zero.

1883 -- 125 years ago
It is reported that a little boy fell over the embankment onto the ice near the slough bridge this morning, cutting his head badly.

1908 -- 100 years ago
The man with a considerable quantity of hay for sale needs no introduction to any far off gold mine. Anything that looks like hay sells like hotcakes.

1933 -- 75 years ago
The Rock Island High School debate squad clashed with Muscatine in a non-decision debate yesterday afternoon. Rock Island was represented by Peggy Huthmaker, Peter Denger, Robert Strupp, Jerome Zeffren, Margaret Strang, Arno Denecke and Hugo Sipple.

1958 -- 50 years ago
Moline's Wharton Field House will be one of 14 sites at which high school district wrestling tournaments will be held this weekend for the first time in Illinois.

1983 -- 25 years ago
A new federally funded job training program may be just what the doctor ordered for people in the Illinois Quad-Cities who are crippled by outdated job skills or paralyzed by no skills at all. Local government officials and business and industry representatives are currently in the process of organizing the program. It is scheduled to be operational by Oct. 1.

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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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