Posted Online: Nov. 01, 2012, 5:00 am

Today in history for Thursday, Nov. 1, 2012

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Today is Thursday, Nov. 1, the 306th day of 2012. There are 60 days left in the year.
1862 -- 150 years ago: Since it is a sacred duty of nations as well as individuals, toacknowledge the manifestations of God's endearing mercy and loving kindness, thegovernor of the state has appointed Thursday the 27th day of November as a day ofthanksgiving and prayer.
1887 -- 125 years ago: The Sears Park Amusement Company has purchased 27 acres ofland immediately north of the Sear mill.
1912 -- 100 years ago: Five teams today practically completed the first section of the 9thStreet improvement and tomorrow six teams supplied by Rock Island business houses willbegin the work of improving the road south of the first Rock River Bridge.
1937 -- 75 years ago: A new record for freight handled at the Rock Island River-RailTerminal was assured when barge dock tonnage gained 4,358 over last year and set anall-time season mark in October.
1962 -- 50 years ago: Ground was broken today for the new multi-million dollar nitrogenplant being constructed at the Cordova Industrial Park in a $23 million joint venture byNorthern Natural Gas and International Minerals & Chemical Corporation. Four mayorsand two village presidents joined with company officials in turning the first shovels ofearth for the fertilizer installation.
1987 -- 25 years ago: Perhaps all kids love airplanes, but few have devoted their lives toone in particular as has Robert P. Laible to the 1928 Velie Monocoupe put on display atthe Quad City Airport on Saturday.