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: Because of the National Fast, no paper will be issued from this office tomorrow.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Attracting considerable attention is a sunflower stalk 15 feet high and still growing in the yard of Dr. C. Speidel on 23rd Street in Rock Island.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The municipal bathing beach proposition came up again at the city commission's meeting and a proposition passed, provided that a locker room be constructed at the foot of 7th Street for the accommodation of the bathers.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Plans for erecting a $14,000 warehouse to replace the frame structure at the rear of the Augustana Book Concern were announced.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Hours for tours of the new Deere & Co. Administrative Center on John Deere Road will be changed, effective Monday.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Tuesday night at the Great Mississippi Valley Fair in Davenport the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band gave its fans more than they possibly could have expected. The band took the stage at 9:07 p.m. and didn't leave until 10:40.

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