Posted Online: March 21, 2013, 11:00 pm

Today in history for Friday, March 22, 2013

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Today is Friday, March 22, the 81st day of 2013. There are 284 days left in the year.
1863 -- 150 years ago: The first of a series of 12 lessons in vocal music will be givenin the lecture room of the Methodist Church tomorrow evening. All who wish are invitedto attend the singing school.
1888 -- 125 years ago: The ferry Spencer has been taken out of winter quarterspreparatory to resuming regular trips between Rock Island and Davenport.
1913 -- 100 years ago: The Rock Island Masonic Temple, under construction at 18th Street and 5th Avenue, is to be completed by June 1.
1938 -- 75 years ago: Melford J. Norby has been elected to a six-year term as countysuperintendent of highways by the Rock Island County Board.
1963 -- 50 years ago: A record breaking 28,000 persons have filed through the RockIsland Armory during the first six days of the nine-day fourth annual Mississippi ValleyHome and Garden Show. Coins tossed into the model swimming pool now total about$50. The money will be given to the Crippled Children's Foundation of Rock IslandCounty.
1988 -- 25 years ago: North Campus of United Township High School should be closedand $6.6 million should be spent to fit another 1,000 students into South Campus,according to a study by the Illinois State Board of Education presented on Monday. "Wefound that the North Campus is a pretty inadequate building," said John Weese, fieldconsultant for the state board.