Today in history for Thursday, Jan. 17, 2013


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Posted Online: Jan. 17, 2013, 6:00 am
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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.















 



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1864 -- 150 years ago: It is said that the ferry company has cleared about $10,000 since the burning of the railroad bridge. Couldn't the company now afford to pay that little bill it owes the city?
1889 -- 125 years ago: The sum of $4 million in cash in addition to supplies of immense value were forwarded to Jamestown, Pa., from all parts of the country for relief of the sufferers from the great flood.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The Board of Education secured a site for the New Central Grammar School by purchasing additional property south of Irving School for $3,400.
1939 -- 75 years ago: The total number of workers employed at the Farmall Works of International Harvester Co. has reached a peak of 5,300, the largest payroll in Rock Island.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Army engineers testified today that the water levels of Lakes Huron and Michigan are at a 104-year low. The condition is causing a multi-million dollar loss to commercial shipping.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Illinois Department of Revenue issued certification for a tax-increment- financing district Friday afternoon, opening one more door for developer Jim Massa to proceed through on his way to establishing an automobile raceway.






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