Posted Online: Jan. 17, 2013, 6:00 am
Today in history for Thursday, Jan. 17, 2013
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Today is Thursday, Jan.17th, the 17th day of 2013. There are 348 days left in the year.
1863 -- 150 years ago: Gold dropped to 45 ½ cents today in New York.
1888 -- 125 years ago: Col. John Dickson, whose family was among the earliest settlersin Milan, died on Jan 15.
1913 -- 100 years ago: Plans for a looping system of street cars in Rock Island with aterminal at 17th Street and Second Avenue are being considered by the city commission.
1938 -- 75 years ago: Six million Americans yesterday were unable to go to work orschool or perform regular jobs because of illness. Most of the illness occurs in the low incomefamilies.
1963 -- 50 years ago: For the first time in a week, the mercury will not drop below zeroduring the night, according to the Quad-City Weather Bureau, but the respite likely is to be short-lived.
1988 -- 25 years ago: Quad-Citians saw all the familiar signs on Saturday – the meltingice and snow, warmer temperatures and water everywhere. However, the big spring thaw has not arrived. According to the National Weather Service, Moline, winter hasnot ended, and today and Monday should clear up any confusion area residents mighthave. There is a 70 percent chance of rain or snow today continuing into the evening.Temperatures will be colder with highs in the 30s.