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: It is estimated that 300,000 people attended the recent Democratic convention in Chicago when Gen. George B. McClellan of New Jersey was nominated as a candidate for president of the United States.
1889 — 125 years ago: Alderman Frank Ill, Winslow Howard and Captain J.M. Montgomery returned from Milwaukee, where they attended the national Grand Army of the Republic encampment.
1914 — 100 years ago: Three members of the Rock Island YMCA accepted positions as physical directors of other associations. Albert Cook went to Kewanee, C.D. Curtis to Canton and Willis Woods to Leavenworth, Kan.
1939 — 75 years ago: Former President Herbert Hoover appealed for national support of President F.D. Roosevelt and Congress in every effort to keep the United States out of war.
1964 — 50 years ago: The Rock Island Junior chamber pf Commerce has received answers to about 65 % of the 600 questionnaires mailed out recently in a "Community Attitude Survey" to analyze sentiments of citizens towards their city's various recreational, educational, and civic service programs.
1989 — 25 years ago: The two thunderstorms passing through the Quad Cities last night and early today left some area residents reaching for their flashlights.






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