Posted Online: Dec. 18, 2012, 6:00 am

Today in history for Tuesday, Dec. 18, 2012

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Today is Tuesday, Dec. 18, the 353rd day of 2012. There are 13 days left in the year.
1862 -- 150 years ago: Several of the planks in the Argus platform, which appears eachday on the editorial page are: No division of the Union on any terms; the preservationof all the rights of all the states; no military dictatorship; and no foreign intervention inAmerican affairs.
1887 -- 125 years ago: A musicale was presented last night at the Henry Curtis residence,
1127 2nd Ave. Two hundred members of the Tri-Cities' social set were present.
1912 -- 100 years ago: The Central Presbyterian Church, recently completed at a cost of$40,000, is flooded after a break of a water pipe.
1937 -- 75 years ago: Cecelia Fransen, 17, has won a $100 prize in an essay contest of the tuberculosis association.
1962 -- 50 years ago: An augmented staff at the Rock Island Post Office today battledan increasing flow of mail for the holiday season with every indication pointing to a peakoutgoing mail volume being reached before the day's end.
1987 -- 25 years ago: Rock Island County is another step closer to having enhanced911 emergency telephone system Rep. Joel D. Brunsvold said Thursday. His statewidelegislation legalizing the Rock Island County plan to finance 911 systems with asurcharge on telephone bills was signed by Gov. James R. Thompson on Thursday. Localpolice officials said the enhanced 911 service should be available in 12 to 18 months.