Today in history for Tuesday, Dec. 4, 2012


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Today is Tuesday, Dec. 4, the 339th day of 2012. There are 27 days left in the year.
1862 -- 150 years ago: Droves of live hogs and wagons loaded with dressed hogs arearriving in this city in large numbers. We believe our dealers are paying higher pricesthan any town in this region.
1887 -- 125 years ago: Clamor is growing for a street railway between Rock Island andDavenport, as travelers between the two cities are forced to pay Hackman 50 cents to adollar per trip.
1912 -- 100 years ago: The Illinois and Mississippi canal has been closed for the season.A total of 1,351 boats passed through the channel this year.
1937 -- 75 years ago: Miss Virginia Ramser presided as Christmas queen at a parade ledby Santa Claus. Downtown streets were jammed with spectators.
1962 -- 50 years ago: A three record album of Handel's "Messiah" by the HandelOratorio Society of Augustana College will be ready for pre-Christmas delivery, it wasannounced today by Donald A Roos, director of public events at the college. Twinperformances of the Oratorio, to be given on Saturday night and Sunday afternoon inCentennial Hall, will be taped by Delta Records of Chicago.
1987 -- 25 years ago: Swishing halfcourt shots for cash isn't new to Sherrard's NealGauley. The 28-year-old former Sherrard High School player once made a halfcourterat a junior high game that was worth $10. At Thursday's Quad City Thunder game inMoline's Wharton Field House, Gauley struck again. He nailed another from halfcourtfor another 10 bill. This time, though, the bills were $1,000 denominations.

















 




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1864 -- 150 years ago: We are informed by J.H. Hull that the reason the street sprinkler was not at work yesterday settling the dust on the streets, was because one of his horses was injured.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Bonnie McGregor, a fleet-footed stallion owned by S.W. Wheelock of this community, covered himself with glory at Lexington, Ky, when he ran a mile in 2:13 1/2. The horse's value was estimated as at least $50,000.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Troops are pouring into Paris to prepare for defense of the city. The German army is reported to be only 60 miles from the capital of France.
1939 -- 75 years ago: The German army has invaded Poland in undeclared warfare. Poland has appealed to Great Britain and France for aid.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Publication of a plant newspaper, the Farmall Works News, has been launched at the Rock Island IHC factory and replaces a managerial newsletter.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Officials predict Monday's Rock Island Labor Parade will be the biggest and best ever. Last minute work continues on floats and costumes for the parade, which steps off a 9:30 a.m.




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