Posted Online: Nov. 07, 2012, 6:00 am

Today in history for Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2012

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Today is Wednesday, Nov. 7, the 312th day of 2012. There are 54 days left in the year.
1862 -- 150 years ago: Those nice linen collars still are the rage as well as hoop skirtswith 12 to 40 hoops in all styles.
1887 -- 125 years ago: Many persons from Rock Island yesterday attended a massmeeting at the Davenport City Hall, where reorganization of the Globe Plow Companywas discussed.
1912 -- 100 years ago: A special election has been set for Nov. 10 to determine whetherto grant a franchise to the Tri-City Automatic Telephone Company.
1937 -- 75 years ago: Two hundred high school students have agreed to pay 60 centseach for damage done to downtown property during a snake dance celebrating a footballvictory.
1962 -- 50 years ago: Donald D. Carpentier, 31-year-old Republican, of East Moline, isthe new state senator from the 53rd District as the result of a 720-vote margin yesterdayover Democratic incumbent Ora Smith, 77, of Biggsville. According to unofficialreturns, young Carpentier polled 27,629 to 26,909 for Smith in the three-county district.It was the closest margin of victory for any candidate in the area.
1987 -- 25 years ago: The Quad-Cities' economy still has not bounced back from itseconomic doldrums, but a host of programs are bringing a steady economic recovery tothe area, those attending a jobs panel in Rock Island said on Saturday.