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

Today in history for Friday, Feb. 8, 2013

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Today is Friday, Feb. 8th, the 39th day of 2013. There are 326 days left in the year.
1863 — 150 years ago: If anybody can find comfort in the telegraphic news today, they will do better than we can — it is all bad, very bad. Success seems to be all with the enemy.
1888 — 125 years ago: Rock Island has adopted new qualifications for its policemen, who must not be less than 5 feet, 7 inches tall, at least 155 pounds in weight and between the ages of 21 and 45.
1913 — 100 years ago: Smallpox is spreading at an alarming rate in East Moline, and the disease is reaching near epidemic proportions.
1938 — 75 years ago: The crest of Rock River's new flood reached Erie today. Conservative estimates of the damage done by the two successive floods this year in the valley are placed at half a million dollars.
1963 — 50 years ago: Moline's proposal to dump garbage in Rural Township was blocked last night by the Rock Island County Zoning Board of Appeals, and it is reported the city of Moline may contest the ruling in Circuit Court.
1988 — 25 years ago: More than 7,000 people braved the cold last weekend to participate in the annual Bald Eagle Days at the Modern Woodman of America offices in RockIsland. Unfortunately the river did not ice over, and there were only a few eagles hovering near Lock & Dam 15 and Arsenal Island.