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: Miss McCorkindale has opened millinery rooms over Gimbel's dry goods store, where she offers a choice lot of millinery goods, which she will manufacture to order.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The little South Park Presbyterian chapel celebrated it first Easter decorated with flowers for an afternoon worship service attended by a large congregation.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The Wennerberg Chorus of Augustana College has returned from a 2,000-mile tour in the Eastern states and Illinois.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Col. Charles Lindbergh has stated that he is convinced that Germany's air force is equal to the combined sky fleets of her potential European foes.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Small gas motors may be permitted on boats in the lake to be built in Loud Thunder Forest Preserve. The prospect was discussed yesterday at a meeting of the Rock Island County Forest Preserve Commission.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The annual Dispatch/Rock Island Argus Spelling Bee continues to be a family tradition. Ed Lee, an eighth-grader at John Deere Junior High School, Moline, is the 1989 spelling bee champion from among 49 top spellers in Rock Island, Henry and Mercer counties. He advances to the competition in Washington, D.C. Runnerup was Ed's sister, Susan.






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