Posted Online: March 15, 2012, 6:45 pm

Today in history for Friday, March 16, 2012

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Today is Friday, March 16, the 76th day of 2012. There are 290 days left in the year.

1862 -- 150 years ago: Jake Gitt has opened a shop on Illinois Street, where he will carry on the painting, glazing and paper hanging business.

1887 -- 125 years ago: Eight persons were arrested by Rock Island police after attempting to break into the Cable mansion on Moline Avenue this afternoon.

1912 -- 100 years ago: Residents of South Rock Island Township are seeking to have the township school district annexed to Rock Island Township.

1937 -- 75 years ago: Women drivers of taxi-cabs are an innovation in Rock Island. An official of a taxi firm that is training girls to replace men drivers says the venture is proving successful.

1962 -- 50 years ago: A group of 75 members of the Pilot and Zonta Clubs of Rock Island and Moline held a joint dinner-meeting last night at the Short Hills Country Club, East Moline. The Pilot Club of Moline was host for the event. Both organizations are classified service clubs for business and professional women.

1987 -- 25 years ago: With more than 176 entries, tomorrow's second annual St. Patrick's Day Grand Parade is predicted to be the largest parade ever to march through the Quad-Cities.