Posted Online: Dec. 22, 2012, 7:50 pm

Today in history for Sunday, Dec. 23, 2012

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Today is Sunday, Dec. 23, the 358th day of 2012. There are 8 days left in the year.
1862 -- 150 years ago: The carriers of the Daily Argus offer five dollars for the best NewYear address of about one hundred lines—the copy to be furnished by the 25th inst.
1887 -- 125 years ago: The Rev. G. W. Gue today received a gold G. A. R. badge fromBrysen Post, Peoria, where he served as chaplain for three years.
1912 -- 100 years ago: Charles H. Deere's estate has donated a park site to the city ofMoline between Seventh and Ninth Streets and Thirteenth and Sixteenth Avenues.
1937 -- 75 years ago: Fifty Christmas baskets will be distributed to Moline poor familiestomorrow by the Salvation Army. Funds for these baskets were derived from kettlesplaced throughout the business district.
1962 -- 50 years ago: Another holdup – the seventh believed to have been pulled by thesame man since Nov. 1 in Rock Island and Moline – is under investigation today.
1987 -- 25 years ago: Deere & Co. officials today announced the company will donate20 acres of riverfront property to the City of Moline. The donation gives city officialsrenewed hope for downtown revitalization. "I think the acquisition opens up someexciting new opportunities," said Moline Mayor Robert W. Anderson. "The city is veryappreciative of Deere's contribution. Deere's chairman, Robert A Hanson, expressedhope the city would use the land to benefit the entire community.