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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