Posted Online: Jan. 08, 2013, 12:00 am

Today in history for Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2013

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Today is Tuesday, Jan. 8, the eighth day of 2013. There are 357 days left in the year.
1863 — 150 years ago: The great union victories at Murfreesboro and Vicksburg, wetrust, will be followed by the most rapid pursuit of the enemy and the complete control ofthe Mississippi River.
1888 — 125 years ago: Icemen are fearing that this winter's ice crop will not be sufficientfor summer's trade if thaw-outs do not cease.
1913 — 100 years ago: A fire of unknown origin resulted in $20,000 damage at the WilliamButterworth farm on Rock River road yesterday.
1938 — 75 years ago: Henry Ford today told of experiments being carried on by hiscompany to produce a unique tractor, designed to sell for less that $375, without profitnecessary, to bring prosperity to America.
1963 — 50 years ago: It was just like the pre-Christmas rush at the Rock Island PostOffice yesterday. With the new increased postal rates going into effect, Rock Islandersflocked to the post office to purchase one-cent stamps.
1988 — 25 years ago: An American tradition, the Girl Scout cookie sale, will begin Jan.29 and extend through Feb. 8. The Mississippi Valley Girl Scout Council will offerseven varieties of cookies, at $2 per box, for delivery in March. The sale first started in1920, with Girl Scouts selling homemade cookies from a paper bag to neighbors. Todaymore than 130 million boxes of cookies are sold each year.