Posted Online: Jan. 17, 2013, 9:09 pm

Today in history for Friday, Jan. 18, 2013

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Today is Friday, Jan.18th, the 18th day of 2013. There are 347 days left in the year.
1863 — 150 years ago: The Senate of Illinois has passed a resolution instructing the statetreasurer to pay no more specie, except for interest on the state debt.
1888 — 125 years ago: The Tri-City Hennepin Canal association has been formed withCapt. T.J. Robinson as president.
1913 — 100 years ago: The Union Ice and Coal Company of Rock Island will cut 45,000tons of ice in Rock River east of Milan for the Rock Island Lines.
1938 — 75 years ago: Two hundred Masons representing Blue lodges of the area attendedopening grand lodge school in instruction sessions today at the Masonic Temple.
1963 — 50 years ago: The Milan Chamber of Commerce plans to send 200 invitations toMilan businessmen, area municipal officials and their wives to attend its annual "Let'sGet Acquainted Night" banquet at Marando's at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 5.
1988 — 25 years ago: The goal is to turn the brick shell of an abandoned, 76-year-oldschool building on the west side of Rock Island into a community center and theaterwith a vocational center and, perhaps, a few shops. It's an ambitious and costly plan, butresidents near the neglected Franklin Junior High School at 9th Street and 11th Avenueknow the alternative is to have the building destroyed.