Posted Online: March 20, 2013, 11:00 pm

Today in history for Thursday, March 21, 2013

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Today is Thursday, March 21, the 80th day of 2013. There are 285 days left in the year.
1863 — 150 years ago: Large numbers of people are packing ice in Lake Pepin north ofGalena for the southern market. It is firm as a rock and is 34 inches thick.
1888 — 125 years ago: The Rock Island City Council in special session last nightconsidered proposals of the telephone company to install a police and fire alarm systemthroughout the city.
1913 — 100 years ago: Mrs. T.B. Davis yesterday was elected president of the newlyorganized Rock Island Woman's Club.
1938 — 75 years ago: Spring officially arrived at 12:13 a.m. today, but spring weatherjumped the gun, arriving yesterday with a temperature of 76 degrees, 22 above normal.
1963 — 50 years ago: Winter 1962-63, whose walloping of the Northern Hemispherelong will be remembered, yielded to spring at 3:20 a.m. today. U.S. weathermen said thewinter was among the most severe in the past 100 years.
1988 — 25 years ago: At 2:22 Sunday afternoon, the 1987-88 Rock Island basketball teamreached a new high. Despite having lost their last two games, the Rocks were not goingout a loser. Around 1,000 Rocky fans came out Sunday to welcome the state's fourth-place Class AA team back from the state finals, and to give the Rocks one final pat on theback.