Posted Online: Dec. 20, 2012, 12:10 am

Today in history for Thursday, Dec. 20, 2012

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Today is Thursday, Dec. 20, the 355th day of 2012. There are 11 days left in the year.
1862 — 150 years ago: The gunboat Cairo was destroyed by a torpedo which explodedunder the port bow, while that boat and several others were on a trip up the Yahoo to taketorpedoes out of the river. The damaged boat sank in six fathoms of water within nineminutes, but all on board escaped.
1887 — 125 years ago: W. J. Browne last night was elected president of the Rock IslandBranch of the Irish National Land League.
1912 — 100 years ago: Robert Karlowa and Walter Berwald are operating a wirelessstation at the Best Building. They have heard messages from as far away as Panama.
1937 — 75 years ago: The Civic Department of the Woman's Club of Rock Island ispreparing to entertain 200 children and their pensioned mothers of the County Court at aChristmas party in the YWCA auditorium.
1962 — 50 years ago: Susan Goodman, a harpist, will be the center of attraction in oneof the chief numbers of Holiday on Ice which opens Dec. 29 at the Rock Island Armory.She will play her harp from a moving float in "Rhapsody for String."
1987 — 25 years ago: It's official. The second Quad city Area High Schools' Food Drivewas another success, surpassing its goal by more than 8,000 pounds of food for Quad-City needy. The value of this year's collection is $72,382. The goal was 40,000 poundsor $60,000 worth of food.