Day in history for August 8, 2008

1858 -- 150 years ago
Yesterday was decidedly one of the hottest days of the season. It was a day that would give sinners a faint idea of what is in store for them.

1883 -- 125 years ago
Twelve Rock Island men left for Bloomington, Ill., today to attend the state convention of Red Men in that city.

1908 -- 100 years ago
Thirty-one miles will be added to the Rock Island Southern Lines from Viola to Aledo.

1933 -- 75 years ago
Arrangements have been completed for the community night program to be given at Long View Park tomorrow night. It will be presented as one of three community night programs planned by the Rock Island Playground and Recreation Commission as concluding features of the season. Don Sweet of East Moline will serve as master of ceremonies at Long View.

1958 -- 50 years ago
The Rock Island ArsenalAndrsquo;s first launcher systems and components for the Nike-Hercules, the ArmyAndrsquo;s faster, longer range missile, have rolled off the assembly line. The ArmyAndrsquo;s Nike-Hercules, a surface-to-air missile, is used in guarding metropolitan areas in America from a surprise enemy attack.

1983 -- 25 years ago
It was just a friendly, little gathering you understand Andndash; just Willie Nelson and about 14,000 of his good friends right here in the Quad-Cities. When the 6:30 showtime rolled around at the Great Mississippi Valley Fairgrounds, the orderly crowd was primed for a good time.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: Sheriff McLaughlin had the misfortune to dislocate his right shoulder some days ago when his carriage upset. He is now able to walk about but has a very sore shoulder.
1889 -- 125 years ago: A kindergarten was started in the downtown district of Rock Island with the Misses Dodie Hawes and Grace Knowlton as teachers.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Pope Pius X died in Rome.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Rock Island's new theater was named Esquire.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The J.I. Case Co. plant in Bettendorf will add from 150 to 200 employees by Jan. 1 a spokesman for the company said today. The Bettendorf Works today had a payroll of 1,350, but an increased production schedule will require additional people.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Illowa Council Boy Scouts of America reached and passed its campaign goal in a drive that began 14 months ago by raising more than $2.2 million for the expansion of Loud Thunder Reservation near Andalusia.






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