Posted Online: Nov. 20, 2012, 1:00 am

Today in history for Tuesday, Nov. 20, 2012

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Today is Tuesday, Nov. 20, the 325th day of 2012. There are 41 days left in the year.
1862 — 150 years ago: So many sheets of our paper were spoiled in working last evening,on account of the poor quality of paper, that we were compelled to serve some of oursubscribers with half sheets. We hope it will not occur again.
1887 — 125 years ago: Rock Island's diphtheria epidemic is abating, according to reportsof Rock Island physicians.
1912 — 100 years ago: Six hundred persons last night attended a banquet in the rollerskating rink to open the laymen's missionary convention.
1937 — 75 years ago: Traffic moved slowly along the city's ice glazed streets andtemperatures remained at 12 degrees below normal.
1962 — 50 years ago: Approval was given last night to a contract calling for theinstallation, within 90 days, of fluoridation equipment for Rock Island's public watersystem.
1987 — 25 years ago: Lower cost and immediate service are key elements of a new,privately owned 24-hour ambulance transfer service started three weeks ago by a MolineFire Department Paramedic. Owner Dean Passini said he started the Quad-Cities onlyprivately owned ambulance service with the goal providing transfer service betweenhospitals, nursing homes and private residences — anywhere a patient needs moving when no other transportation is available.