Day in history for March 31, 2008

1858 -- 150 years ago
A large fish was caught in the river at Moline, which, it is said, appeased the appetites of a large number of hungry mouths.

1883 -- 125 years ago
The law concerning the closing of saloons on election day was never more generally repected than it has been today.

1908 -- 100 years ago
Candidates for the Rock Island baseball team had their first workout at the Island City Park this afternoon with Manager Louis Cook in charge. Six recruits were on hand. More are expected next week.

1933 -- 75 years ago
The social triangle portrayed in 'The Animal Kingdom,' current attraction at the Fort Theater, involves Ann Harding as the other woman, Leslie Howard as the husband and Myrna Loy as the wife who wrongs her husband.

1958 -- 50 years ago
The first excavation for the auditorium to adjoin the Augustana Fine Arts Building is scheduled for tomorrow, but today the work actually began with the setting of the stakes.

1983 -- 25 years ago
In 1979 Dennis Hitchcock, owner of Rock Island's Circa '21 Dinner Playhouse, was one of the founders of the National Dinner Theater Association. This week, for the first time, that organization's auditions were held in Rock Island. Producers and casting directors were in town from 14 different states, representing 19 dinner theaters.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: Quite a number of Negroes have lately been brought here by abolition offers returning from the army in violation of the laws of the state.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Miss Tillie Denkmann, of Rock Island, was making plans to accompany a Davenport family on a tour of Europe.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The German advance into Belgium was going apparently without serious check. The American ambassador at Berlin published a denial of the charge that Americans had been ill-treated in Germany.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Seventy-two members of Rock Island High School's 1939 graduating class are preparing to enter college — 34 of them at Augustana.
1964 -- 50 years ago: One of the oldest buildings in Milan, which for a number of years has housed the Milan Hotel, will be razed to make way for a modern, two-story office structure.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Some are blaming it on the sudden influx of insects and the extreme humidity. Still others say the invasion was inspired by a recent movie. But whatever the reason, the Quad-Cities is swarming with bats.




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