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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1864 -- 150 years ago: After Sept. 1, every small box of matches will be required to have a 3 cent duty Lincoln stamp on it, and every large box will be one cent for every 100 matches.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Rock Island residents had contributed a total of $1,293 to the American Red Cross for the Johnstown flood relief fund.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Capt. Clark Means, new darkhorse twirler for the ARGUS staff, was in great form in his initial contest as a mound laborer. The result was that THE ARGUS trimmed the Union 6-5.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Hunter and Humprey Moody, young Decatur, Ill, brothers, lack only a few hours of establishing a new world light plane endurance record.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Gates of the 110th annual Mercer County Fair swing open tonight at Aledo for a full week of day and night activity. More that $36,000 will be paid in premiums and race purses.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The baseball field carved out of the cornfield near Dyersville, Iowa, continues to keep dreams alive for hundreds of visitors. Tourists from 26 state and France have visited Dan Lansing's farm to see the baseball diamond seen in the hit movie "Field of Dreams."






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