Day in history for August 16, 2008

1858 -- 150 years ago
The successful laying of the Atlantic cable was celebrated last night in Rock Island by the ringing of bells, the burning of powder, the fireworks display and various other ways.1883 -- 125 years ago:

1908 -- 100 years ago
John Sharp Williams, former minority leader of the House of Representatives from Mississippi, was in Rock Island today.1933 -- 75 years ago:

1958 -- 50 years ago
The annual Poppy Day conducted by members of Gustaf C. Lannoo Post, No. 1303, Veterans of Foreign Wars, was termed a complete success by Jack Z. Bennett, post commander. Over 6,000 poppies were for sale in Rock Island and over 25,000 in the Quad-Cities and at noon today it appeared the entire lot of poppies in Rock Island, Davenport, Moline, East Moline and Bettendorf was going to be sold.1983 -- 25 years ago:

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1864 -- 150 years ago: The board of education has granted Thursday as a holiday for the children, with the expectation that parents who desire to have their children attend the Scott County Fair will do so on that day and save irregularity the rest of the week.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The guard fence around the new cement walk at the Harper House has been removed. The blocks are diamond shape, alternating in black and white.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The Rev. R.B. Williams, former pastor of the First Methodist Church, Rock Island, was named superintendent of the Rock Island District.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Abnormally high temperatures and lack of rainfall in Illinois during the past week have speeded maturing of corn and soybean crops.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Installation of a new television system in St. Anthony's Hospital, which includes a closed circuit channel as well as the three regular Quad-Cities channels, has been completed and now is in operation.
1989 -- 25 years ago: When the new Moline High School was built in 1958, along with it were plans to construct a football field in the bowl near 34th Street on the campus. Wednesday afternoon, more than 30 years later, the Moline Board of Education Athletic Board sent the ball rolling toward the possible construction of that field by asking superintendent Richard Hennigan to take to the board of education a proposal to hire a consultant.

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