Posted Online: Feb. 03, 2013, 1:00 am

Today in history for Sunday, Feb. 3, 2013

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Today is Sunday, Feb. 3, the 34th day of 2013. There are 331 days left in the year.
1863 — 150 years ago: All persons should be especially careful of their fires these coldwindy nights. The aldermen in each ward should examine each house and see that thestoves and chimneys are secure.
1888 — 125 years ago: Twenty-one arrests were reported by Rock Island police duringJanuary. There was only one state case.
1913 — 100 years ago: The groundhog failed to see his shadow yesterday, and RockIsland residents are looking forward to an early cessation of winter.
1938 — 75 years ago: A craft program by which classes will be provided in almost everytype of handiwork will be started tomorrow in the Rock Island City Hall Armory underthe direction of the recreation commission and the federal recreation service.
1963 — 50 years ago: What do we do when it is cold outside? Most of us, apparently,want to know just how cold it is. Roundup, Saturday's tabloid supplement of The Argus,explains the Quad-Cities area's only time temperature service was dialed a record 40,069times in one day during January's subzero siege.
1988 — 25 years ago: To help senior citizens with the task of filing tax returns, the localAmerican Association of Retired Persons (AARP) and the Internal Revenue Service willoffer free income tax assistance. Counselors will be available through April 15. The aidis for those who either cannot complete their tax returns or who wish to learn how to fillthem out.