Day in history for March 20, 2008

1858 -- 150 years ago
The committee of aldermen appointed to take into consideration the purchase of another fire engine have reconsidered their first decision and decided to order one.

1883 -- 125 years ago
As soon as the weather moderates sufficiently, the systematic cleaning of Rock Island streets should begin.

1908 -- 100 years ago
As the annual entertainment of the senior class, a five-act comedy, 'The Rivals,' will be presented at Rock Island High School tomorrow evening.

1933 -- 75 years ago
Taxes to be collected this year against the 1932 assessed valuations in Rock Island Township will be $5 on each $100 of value. Moline's rate will be $5.29. Rock Island's rate represents an increase of 14 cents over last year. Moline gets a reduction of 14 cents in the Moline Township section.

1958 -- 50 years ago
The Rock Island County Tuberculosis Sanatorium cared for 103 patients and had total expenses of $183,831 during fiscal 1957.

1983 -- 25 years ago
About 30 area teachers sat around breakfast tables for nearly four hours Saturday telling horror stories about their districts - the school closings, teacher cuts, crowded classrooms and the desperate need for money. They directed their concerns and pleas for state revenues to Sen. Clarence Darrow, Reps. Joel Brunsvold and Bob DeJaegher.

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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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