Today in history for Wednesday, Dec. 5


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Posted Online: Dec. 04, 2012, 4:30 pm
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Today is Wednesday, Dec. 5, the 340th day of 2012. There are 26 days left in the year.
1862 -- 150 years ago: Men are engaged in cutting up the old wreck of the Grey Eagle.We hope it will all be removed before the river closes for the winter.
1887 -- 125 years ago: Charles Dickens, son of the English novelist of that name, willvisit Moline soon after Christmas to see the grave of his brother, Francis Jeffrey Dickens,who is buried in Riverside Cemetery.
1912 -- 100 years ago: Robert G. Hudson was named senior warden and R. H. Dart,junior warden, in last night's election for Trinity Episcopal parish.
1937 -- 75 years ago: A high school popularity contest has been won by Miss ShirleyHallgren and Richard Hainline.
1962 -- 50 years ago: The Moline City Council voted last night to have free parking indowntown Moline on Dec. 21, 22 and 24, and heard a letter of rebuttal against criticalcomments made about the retail division of the Association of Commerce last week.
1987 -- 25 years ago: More Moline High School students think their friends are usingdrugs or alcohol than the number of students actually admitting use, according to results
of a survey on drug use and student attitudes taken last month.

















 



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1864 -- 150 years ago: Journeymen shoemakers of Rock Island struck for higher wages yesterday morning, asking 25 percent increases. Employers have acceded to their demand.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Lighting struck wires of the Merchants Electric Light Co. during a furious storm, and many Rock Island business houses were compelled to resort to gas as a means of illumination.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Members of the First Church of Christ, Scientist, decided to erect a new edifice at a cost of about $60,000.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Willard Anderson, junior forward for the Augustana College basketball team, which won 17 out of 22 contests, was elected captain of the quintet.
1964 -- 50 years ago: John Hoffman, Moline, president of the Sac-Fox Council of Boy Scouts, will be honored for his 50 years in scouting by members of the council at a dinner Thursday evening.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Quad-Cities has what is believed to be the area's first elite-class gymnast. It's the stuff upon which Olympic competitors are made. Tiffany Chapman, of Rock Island, not only has earned the highest possible gymnast ranking, she won the honor at age 11.






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