Today in history for Thursday, Dec. 27, 2012


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Today is Thursday, Dec. 27, the 362nd day of 2012. There are four days left in the year.
1862 -- 150 years ago: An oyster supper dance was held Christmas night in Hampton,with music by Mylo White's cotillion band. Supper was served at 11 p.m.
1887 -- 125 years ago: A Burlington railroad freight engine got away from its crew andran wild for two miles between Moline and Rock Island this morning.
1912 -- 100 years ago: State's Attorney Floyd E. Thompson has gone to Roodhouse to spend the holiday season.
1937 -- 75 years ago: The city council has adopted an ordinance limiting downtownparking to one hour instead.
1962 -- 50 years ago: Three ice-making engineers of Holiday on Ice and a crew of 20recruited in the Quad-Cities area are preparing the artificial rink at the Rock Island Armory for the show's 16th engagement, which opens Saturday and continues through Tuesdayunder auspices of the Rock Island Optimist Club.
1987 -- 25 years ago: The red tags went up, and Quad-Cities shoppers Saturday streamedinto local stores for after-Christmas bargains and returns. SouthPark Mall shopperswho waited until 10 a.m. when most stores were set to open found some store aislesalready crowded with bargain hunters and lines forming around cash registers for after-Christmas returns.

















 



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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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