Day in history for April 3, 2008

1858 -- 150 years ago
A Washington dispatch to the New York Tribune says that the Mississippi River Island of Rock Island will be sold in lots of 40 acres.

1883 -- 125 years ago
The usual dead quiet immediately following an election is being experienced in Rock Island today.

1908 -- 100 years ago
The temperature for the month of March was 4.7 degrees above the average for the last 36 years, according to figures submitted by Mr. Sherier of the local Weather Bureau.

1933 -- 75 years ago
The Argus reported today that there were 76 officers and men aboard the Navy dirigible Akron when it dropped into the sea today. Of this number, one is know dead, three survived and 72 are still missing. The Akron was the world's largest airship. The cause of the tragedy has not been determined.

1958 -- 50 years ago
Physically handicapped children were entertained recently at an Easter party in the rooms at Eugene Field School. Fifteen students, from third grade through high school, received treats from the Junior Auxiliary of the Rock Island Visiting Nurse Association.

1983 -- 25 years ago
A portion of the west side of Moline was without electricity for about two and half hours Saturday morning while a transformer was being replaced. A single transformer serves six to eight homes.

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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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