Today in history for Tuesday, Dec. 11, 2012


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Posted Online: Dec. 10, 2012, 5:46 pm
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Today is Tuesday, Dec. 11, the 346th day of 2012. There are 20 days left in the year.
1862 -- 150 years ago: It seems to us some good man could make a living by puttingup a temporary shanty on the ice above the railroad bridge and keeping the snow off theice, in shape for skating and providing a fire and refreshments for his customers.
1887 -- 125 years ago: Arden Benedict will appear at the Harper Theater tonightin "Monte Cristo."
1912 -- 100 years ago: Will Robb, of Rock Island, has been re-elected editor of theAugustana Observer, the students' weekly publication.
1937 -- 75 years ago: Storms the weather bureau termed as the worst on recordswept the entire Pacific Coast from Mexico to the Aleutian Islands today.
1962 -- 50 years ago: An estimate on damage, most of it as the result of smoke, stillis pending in the follow-up investigation of an overheated furnace that yesterdayafternoon forced the temporary closing of the Zayre Department Store and EagleFood Market at 3900 11th St., Rock Island.
1987 -- 25 years ago: Visitors to Deere & Co.'s 150th anniversary exhibit have until Jan.4 to view its historical holdings. The exhibit, located at the company's AdministrationCenter on John Deere Road, Moline, is arranged as a self-guided tour of the history offarm mechanization in America.

















 



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1864 -- 150 years ago: Telegraph reports state that, about 6 o'clock on the evening of the 20th, Quantrill, with about 800 of his thieves and robbers, surrounded Lawrence, Kan., and burned it to the ground.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Newton Beer's production of "Lost in London," which had a successful run for three seasons, was presented at Harper's Theater.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The German army commanded by Fran Duke Albrecht of Wurtemburg defeated the French army at Neufchmtenu.
1939 -- 75 years ago: John Deere Harvester Works in East Moline is starting a four-story, $104,000 addition to the combine assembly building.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Short Hills Country Club held onto its lead yesterday despite a rally by host Davenport Country Club and claimed the team title in the Sunshine Cup golf series.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Quad-Citians can look forward to more excitement and fun at this year's Rock Island Labor Day parade at 9:30 a.m. Sept 4, say organizers. This years theme is "Celebrate Rock Island."






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