Day in history for September 29, 2008

1858 -- 150 years ago
Some of our learned scientists announce that the comet at the present time is about 87,000,000 miles from the earth and that its tail is about 6,000,000 miles long.1883 -- 125 years ago:

1908 -- 100 years ago
Dr. C.W. Foss, professor of history at Augustana College, will leave next week for India, where he will engage in missionary work for a year.1933 -- 75 years ago:

1958 -- 50 years ago
A Rock Island area quartet, the Vi-Counts, is the winner of the Illinois state Barbershop Quartet Contest. The contest was in Chicago Saturday in connection with the state convention of the Society for the Preservation and Encouragement of Barber Shop Quartet Singing in America Inc. Members of the Vi-Counts are Robert L. Maurus, Rock Island, Max Laser, Wilton Junction, Iowa, Jack L. Moore, Moline, and Robert K. Livesay, East Moline.1983 -- 25 years ago:

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