Posted Online: Nov. 17, 2012, 11:40 pm

Today in history for Sunday, Nov. 18, 2012

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Today is Sunday, Nov. 18, the 323rd day of 2012. There are 43 days left in the year.
1862 — 150 years ago: We are informed by the superintendent of our schools that he has made inquiry among all the teachers, and that in no case has the old John Brown song been taught or permitted to be sung in the schools.
1887 — 125 years ago: The first shivering blast of winter hit Rock Island last night and snow shovels were put into use for the first time this fall.
1912 — 100 years ago: Mr. and Mrs. F. W. Bahnsen of Rock Island have left for a vacation at White Sulphur Springs, W. Va.
1937 — 75 years ago: When Dr. C. C. Ellis, Moline city physician, today reported three more cases of scarlet fever in the city, it brought the total number of persons ill of the disease to 29. Of that figure, 28 are school children.
1962 — 50 years ago: A total of 56,461 persons drank Type II Sabin oral polio vaccine yesterday at 12 centers in Rock Island County. This compares with 50,033 who drank Type I in the first countywide clinic Oct. 7. Dr. James A. Miller, public information officer for the Rock Island County Medical Society said the total yesterday was betterthan he expected.
1987 — 25 years ago: Davenport's Bix Beiderbecke Festival will expand to through two weekends next summer, the festival chairman announced Monday. The 10-day event will open with the Bix Beiderbecke Memorial Jazz festival on Thursday, July 21 and run through Sunday, July 31.