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: We learn that it is a contemplation to start a paper mill in Rock Island during the summer by a gentleman from the East.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The gates of Oklahoma were swung open at noon today, and a throng of more than 30,000 settlers started over its soil.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The Iowa Coliseum Co. was incorporated with $40,000 capital and planned a building on 4th Street between Warren and Green streets in Davenport.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Plans are being discussed for resurfacing the streets in the entire downtown district of Rock Island.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Some 45 jobs will be created at J.I. Case Co.'s Rock Island plant in a expansion of operations announced yesterday afternoon at the firm's headquarters in Racine, Wis.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Gardeners and farmers cheered, but not all Quad-Citians found joy Saturday as more than an inch of rain fell on the area. Motorists faced dangerous, rain-slick roads as the water activated grease and grime that had built up during dry weather.

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