Posted Online: Jan. 06, 2013, 12:00 am

Today in history for Sunday, Jan. 6, 2013

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Today is Sunday, Jan. 6, the sixth day of 2013. There are 359 days left in the year.
1863 — 150 years ago: Up to Monday night, Jan. 5, the weather was of the most remarkable character, for winter. No snow, occasional warm rain, and much of the time warm enough to do without fires in business places. The river was clear of ice and the ferry boats continued to make as regular trips as in summer.
1888 — 125 years ago: Mr. and Mrs. Ben T. Cable, Mrs. Mary Cable and Miss Lucy Cable left Rock Island today by special car for San Antonio, Texas, to spend the winter.
1913 — 100 years ago: Karl Nelson has been called to serve as pastor of First Lutheran Church, Rock Island, upon his ordination in the Augustana synod in June.
1938 — 75 years ago: Ben Jacobson has been re-elected for the 19th term as president of the Tri-City Federation of Labor.
1963 — 50 years ago: The Silvis Civil Defense unit has announced plans for a five-week first aid course beginning Monday night for Silvis firemen and policemen. The class will meet at 7 each Monday evening in Silvis City Hall and will be conducted by Mrs. Grace Woods.
1988 — 25 years ago: The number of homeless people seeking refuge in local shelters has risen only slightly with the onset of the colder weather. Christian Family Care Center has 17 beds, and has been averaging around 16 or so. Quad Cities Family Service Center has been averaging about 19 to 20 people a night. The center can house up to 40 people.