Posted Online: Feb. 21, 2013, 6:00 am

Today in history for Thursday, Feb. 21, 2013

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Today is Thursday, Feb. 21, the 52nd day of 2013. There are 313 days left in the year.
1863 -- 150 years ago: The conscription law still excites public indignation. Men ofmeans, however, are jubilant at getting clear upon the payment of $300.
1888 -- 125 years ago: The logging season, which annually opens hundreds of jobs inRock Island Mills, likely will open within a week or two.
1913 -- 100 years ago: The ninth annual Ball of the Progressive Railway Lodge No.695, Industrial Association of Machinists, will be held tomorrow night in Industrial Hall,Rock Island. George W. Gunther, Ray D. Gerlich and Otto L. Siegrist are members of theplanning committee.
1938 -- 75 years ago: Plans to put Rock Island's Works Progress Administration sidewalk repair program inoperation were announced today.
1963 -- 50 years ago: Soprano Maria Baldwin, a graduate of Moline High School, hassigned a contract to sing with the Metropolitan Opera, beginning next season. As far as isknown, she is the first Moliner ever to get a Metropolitan contract.
1988 -- 25 years ago: The children's department of the Moline Public Library will say"Happy Birthday Dr. Seuss" from 2 to 3 p.m. March 5 at the main library. This hour is for children in kindergarten through fourth grade.