Posted Online: Feb. 28, 2013, 6:00 am

Today in history for Thursday, Feb. 28, 2013

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Today is Thursday, Feb. 28, the 59th day of 2013. There are 306 days left in the year.
1863 -- 150 years ago: Gold still continues to advance and expand in value and 99 men out of 100 moneyed men have but one concern, "What is the safest andmost paying investment?"
1888 -- 125 years ago: A skating party was held at the Rock Island Rink last night for theMount Vernon cyclone sufferers.
1913 -- 100 years ago: Because of Mexican border trouble, the Illinois National Guard hasbeen put on a wartime basis.
1938 -- 75 years ago: Reductions in farm benefit payments will be the penalty forgrowing more than the allotted acreage of major crops under the new federal agriculturalprogram. Farmers will be docked 96 cents per bushel on "bootleg" wheat and 50 centson corn.
1963 -- 50 years ago: Two Geneseo graduates are among the 16 students at the Universityof Illinois winter short course in agriculture who were award $50 scholarships by theIllinois Future Farmers of America Foundation.
1988 -- 25 years ago: Many restaurants around United Township High School donot think the extra business from open-campus lunch sales is worth the cost. Theconvenience store is inundated with students, often 20 at a time, who fill the aisles duringthe lunch period. "I think it would be great" if the board were to close campus, she said."We would miss the business, though" Whitey's co-owner, Jeff Tunberg, said he thinks keepingstudents in school and safe is more important than business.