Today in history for Tuesday, Nov. 20, 2012


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Today is Tuesday, Nov. 20, the 325th day of 2012. There are 41 days left in the year.
1862 — 150 years ago: So many sheets of our paper were spoiled in working last evening,on account of the poor quality of paper, that we were compelled to serve some of oursubscribers with half sheets. We hope it will not occur again.
1887 — 125 years ago: Rock Island's diphtheria epidemic is abating, according to reportsof Rock Island physicians.
1912 — 100 years ago: Six hundred persons last night attended a banquet in the rollerskating rink to open the laymen's missionary convention.
1937 — 75 years ago: Traffic moved slowly along the city's ice glazed streets andtemperatures remained at 12 degrees below normal.
1962 — 50 years ago: Approval was given last night to a contract calling for theinstallation, within 90 days, of fluoridation equipment for Rock Island's public watersystem.
1987 — 25 years ago: Lower cost and immediate service are key elements of a new,privately owned 24-hour ambulance transfer service started three weeks ago by a MolineFire Department Paramedic. Owner Dean Passini said he started the Quad-Cities onlyprivately owned ambulance service with the goal providing transfer service betweenhospitals, nursing homes and private residences — anywhere a patient needs moving when no other transportation is available.















 



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1864 -- 150 years ago: A corps of surgeons now occupies the new hospital quarters at the Garrison Hospital on the Rock Island Arsenal. A fence has been installed to enclose the prison hospital.
1889 -- 125 years ago: B. Winter has let a contract to Christ Schreiner for a two story brick building with a double store front on the south side of 3rd Avenue just west of 17th Street. The estimated cost was $4,500.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Germany sent simultaneous ultimatums to Russia and France, demanding that Russia suspend mobilization within 12 hours and demanding that France inform Germany within 18 hours. In the case of war between Germany and Russia, France would remain neutral.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Civil service offices at the post office and the Rock Island Arsenal were swamped as more than 700 youths sought 15 machinist apprenticeships at the Arsenal.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Last night, American Legion Post 246 in Moline figuratively handed over the trousers to a female ex-Marine and petticoat rule began. Olga Swanson, of Moline, was installed as the first woman commander of the post .
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Illinois Quad City Civic Center captured the excitement and interest of a convention of auditorium managers this weekend in Reno, Nev. Bill Adams, civic center authority chairman, said the 10,000-seat arena planned for downtown Moline has caught the eye of construction firms, suppliers, management teams and concession groups.








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