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: Port Byron passengers and mails will be transported by the Sterling and Rock Island railroad.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The congregation of the First Methodist church worshiped in Harper's theater, where construction work is being done at the church site.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Three-eye baseball for Moline was assured the Danville Franchise will be transferred to the Plow city.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Roseville Methodist Church is observing its 100th anniversary.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The last remaining unfinished portion of Interstate 80 between the Quad-Cities and Joliet will be opened to traffic by Aug 12.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Of all the highlights of the last 12 years, this is the greatest of all, said Dennis Hitchcock, producer director of Circa '21 Dinner Playhouse, as he torched the mortgage, clearing a $220,000 loan financing the downtown Rock Island theater's beginnings in 1977.




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