Day in history for February 4, 2008

1858 -- 150 years ago
Last Tuesday was Ground Hog Day. The ground hog came out of his hole and the sun was visible. Six more weeks of winter ahead.

1883 -- 125 years ago
Over 150 members of the United Workmen's Assn. have arrived in Rock Island for the state convention beginning Monday.

1908 -- 100 years ago
The petition to place the liquor question on the ballot in the spring election was filed with the clerk this afternoon. The petition was signed by about 1,450 voters.

1933 -- 75 years ago
Trailing through most of the first half, Coach Ray Hanson's Western Illinois Leathernecks from Macomb lived up to their names last night on the Augustana court by staging a comeback and downed Augie, 30-25. Jimmy Grigsby and Gilbert Love accounted for 10 points each for the vistors. Butch Miller, speedy Viking guard, scored nine points in a losing cause.

1958 -- 50 years ago
Deere And Co. has begun production of the largest self-propelled combine ever produced. It will be available for farmers this spring. The combine is produced at the Harvester Works, East Moline.

1983 -- 25 years ago
Dr. Beth Egan O'Keefe, of Southpark Psychology Center, has been nominated for a position on the board of trustees of the Association for the Advancement of Psychology. The Association is based in Washington, D.C.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: After Sept. 1, every small box of matches will be required to have a 3 cent duty Lincoln stamp on it, and every large box will be one cent for every 100 matches.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Rock Island residents had contributed a total of $1,293 to the American Red Cross for the Johnstown flood relief fund.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Capt. Clark Means, new darkhorse twirler for the ARGUS staff, was in great form in his initial contest as a mound laborer. The result was that THE ARGUS trimmed the Union 6-5.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Hunter and Humprey Moody, young Decatur, Ill, brothers, lack only a few hours of establishing a new world light plane endurance record.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Gates of the 110th annual Mercer County Fair swing open tonight at Aledo for a full week of day and night activity. More that $36,000 will be paid in premiums and race purses.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The baseball field carved out of the cornfield near Dyersville, Iowa, continues to keep dreams alive for hundreds of visitors. Tourists from 26 state and France have visited Dan Lansing's farm to see the baseball diamond seen in the hit movie "Field of Dreams."






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