Posted Online: Dec. 19, 2012, 6:00 am

Today in history for Wednesday, Dec. 19, 2012

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Today is Wednesday, Dec. 19, the 354th day of 2012. There are 12 days left in the year.
1862 -- 150 years ago: The carriers of The Daily Argus are offering five dollars for thebest New Year's address of about 100 lines – the copy to be delivered by the 25th inst.
1887 -- 125 years ago: Several hundred people last night attended a dance in the cityarmory conducted by Rodman Rifles.
1912 -- 100 years ago: A Carnegie Hero Medal is to be awarded in memory of Robert P.Barnett, who lost his life in rescuing Israel Goldman from downing in Rock River.
1937 -- 75 years ago: Rock Island's spacious armory resounded last night to the music ofDuke Ellington's dance band, one of the best known in the world.
1962 -- 50 years ago: Ardo C. Gaetker, superintendent of Rock Island County ForestPreserves, was appointed yesterday afternoon as overseer of the zoo that soon willbecome county property. The action was in line with the ultimate plan to operate theMcLain Zoo near Coal Valley as part of the County Forest Preserve System.
1987 -- 25 years ago: Moline city officials plan to reject a private firm's bid to study thecity's two water treatment plants. City administrator William Tallman said Friday the bid from Donohue Associates of Sheboyna, Wisconsin, came in 10 to 15 percenthigher than the city expected. Mr. Tallman said he will recommend water pollutioncontrol committee members ask Donohue to renegotiate the bid, originally estimated at$10,000 to $15,000.