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: A new steamer, Keithsburg, now is at our levee taking on board the balance of her fixtures preparatory to assuming her position on the daily Rock Island and Keokuk line.
1889 -- 125 years ago: C.W. Hawes was appointed deputy county clerk by county clerk Donaldson.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Mrs. O.E. child, of Moline, was named president of the Women's Home Missionary Society of the Methodist Church Rock Island District of the Central Illinois conference.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Augustana College is making plans for a drive for funds to erect a field house and make football field improvements.
1964 -- 50 years ago: A expanded election coverage system featuring a 16-foot chalkboard showing up to the minute running totals, attracted a large and enthusiastic crowd to The Argus newsroom last night.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Balloons frame Rock Island attorney Stewart Winstein who was given a surprise party in the rotunda of the Rock Island County Courthouse on Thursday to honor his 50th year of practicing law.

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