Today in history for Wednesday, Dec. 12, 2012


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Posted Online: Dec. 12, 2012, 1:00 am
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Today is Wednesday, Dec. 12, the 347th day of 2012. There are 19 days left in the year.
1862 — 150 years ago: According to the new excise law a person can sell any amount of milk from his own cows, but a license is required to sell milk which has been purchased.
1887 — 125 years ago: The towers of St. Mary's Roman Catholic Church in Rock Island are being extended.
1912 — 100 years ago: Two fashionably dressed young women created a sensation on Second Avenue as they walked along the street while smoking gold-tipped cigarettes.
1937 — 75 years ago: Rock Island councilmen are considering a plan to establish a 1-hour parking limit in the business area after the first of the year.
1962 — 50 years ago: A gift offer of nearly $124,000 by Mrs. Charles Deere Wiman, of Moline, has launched Rock Island County on the road toward ownership of McLain's Zoo, near Coal Valley.
1987 — 25 years ago: Ted Nelson doesn't mind a fight, but the long-time clerk of Rock Island's Circuit Court says he's getting too old for the battles. That's one reason the county's circuit clerk for the past 11 years won't be hanging his coat in the clerk's office Monday. His last official visit to that office was an afternoon-long open house in his honor Thursday.















 




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1864 -- 150 years ago: We are informed by J.H. Hull that the reason the street sprinkler was not at work yesterday settling the dust on the streets, was because one of his horses was injured.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Bonnie McGregor, a fleet-footed stallion owned by S.W. Wheelock of this community, covered himself with glory at Lexington, Ky, when he ran a mile in 2:13 1/2. The horse's value was estimated as at least $50,000.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Troops are pouring into Paris to prepare for defense of the city. The German army is reported to be only 60 miles from the capital of France.
1939 -- 75 years ago: The German army has invaded Poland in undeclared warfare. Poland has appealed to Great Britain and France for aid.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Publication of a plant newspaper, the Farmall Works News, has been launched at the Rock Island IHC factory and replaces a managerial newsletter.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Officials predict Monday's Rock Island Labor Parade will be the biggest and best ever. Last minute work continues on floats and costumes for the parade, which steps off a 9:30 a.m.




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