Posted Online: Dec. 07, 2012, 1:00 am

Today in history for Friday, Dec. 7, 2012

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Today is Friday, Dec. 7, the 342nd day of 2012. There are 24 days left in the year.
1862 — 150 years ago: The Methodist ladies will serve the very best oysters and other refreshments at Island City Hall this evening, for the benefit of the church. Admission is 10 cents.
1887 — 125 years ago: Fred Head has moved to Rock Island. He has acquired a large block of stock in the Rock Island Plow company and has become treasurer of the concern.
1912 — 100 years ago: Directors of the Rock Island Exposition company have abandoned plans for an exposition next fall.
1937 — 75 years ago: Teachers' desks in the new Rock Island High School building were looted of cash last night after burglars failed in attempts to crack open a safe.
1962 — 50 years ago: Approximately 90 persons, a near record number, last night protested a proposed shopping center and apartment development scheduled for the southwest corner of 30th Street and 31st Avenue, Rock Island, adjacent to Eugene Field School.The protests were voiced at a meeting of the Rock Island Planning Commission in the City Hall.
1987 — 25 years ago: Efforts to balance the federal budget hit the Quad-Cities today when officials at Rock Island Arsenal announced a hiring freeze that remains in effectuntil further notice. The moratorium on new employees, which began Monday, will keep the work force on the Arsenal and at the U.S. Army Armament, Munitions and Chemical Command (AMCCOM) at about 9,000.