Posted Online: Oct. 05, 2012, 5:00 am

Today in history for Friday, Oct. 5

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Today is Friday, Oct. 5, the 279th day of 2012. There are 87 days left in the year.

1862 -- 150 years ago: Gummed postage stamps never were intended to be used as currency. The Post Office Department has announced that postage stamps used to pay bills are not to be recognized.

1887 -- 125 years ago: The Rev. G. W. Gue, of Peoria, has been named pastor of the First Methodist Church, Rock Island, succeeding the Rev. G. J. Luckey.

1912 -- 100 years ago: South Park Presbyterian Chapel, for 2 ½ years a mission of the Broadway Church, has become a full-fledged church and will call a minister to the pulpit.

1937 -- 75 years ago: Henry J. Bulins has been elected president of the United Belgian-American Societies of the Tri-Cities.

1962 -- 50 years ago: Arabian horse owners from many parts of the nation will assemble at Friendship Farm, East Moline, Nov. 2, 3 and 4 to learn more about their favorite breed of horses. They will be attending the sixth annual horse management course sponsored by the Arabian Horse Owners foundation.

1987 -- 25 years ago: Members of the marching band and color guard of J.D. Darnall High School, Geneseo, captured first-place honors in the annual Rochelle Marching Band Classic. Victor Blanchetta, band director, said this is the first time in three years that Geneseo has placed first in the event, and the first time the band has won a competition this early in the season.