Today in history for Tuesday, Nov. 20, 2012


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Posted Online: Nov. 20, 2012, 1:00 am
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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: The ladies have adopted the fashion of wearing representations of insects in the flowers on their bonnets. Some look very natural.
1889 -- 125 years ago: T.F. Cary, former Rock Island alderman, has accepted a position as salesman for a Chicago wallpaper house and plans to move to that city.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Work on the new telephone building on 18th Street between 6th and 7th avenues is progressing rapidly.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Rock Island's new theater at 3rd Avenue and 19th Street will have a name significant of its location. The "Rocket" is scheduled to open Thanksgiving Day.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Two of Rock Island's newest water towers were vandalized last night, including the one at 38th Street and 31st Avenue, where police took five Moline boys into custody about 9 p.m..
1989 -- 25 years ago: Some of us who live in the Quad-Cities take the Mississippi River for granted, or at least we used to. But the river is not taken for granted by our visitors. And most Quad-Citians are realizing the importance of the river to this area as increased emphasis is placed on tourism.







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