Today is Thursday, Dec. 19, the 353rd day of 2013. There are 12 day left in the year. 1863 -- 150 years ago: The debt of this county is rapidly approaching the $2 billion mark. It is not probable that the debt will ever be paid, but men, women and children for ages to come will be ground down under the tax load. 1888 -- 125 years ago: The Rev. Leland, of Rock Island, completed his mission at First Baptist Church in Davenport. 1913 -- 100 years ago: Joseph S. Smith was elected as manager and John McGinnis as captain of an independent baseball team for the 1914 season. 1938 -- 75 years ago: One person in every nine residing in Rock Island County is receiving relief aid from either the state or federal government. 1963 -- 50 years ago: After equaling two record cold marks last night and this morning, the mercury is slated to plunge to an all-time low for Dec. 20 tomorrow morning. Weather forecasters say the low probably will be minus 15, adding insult to the injuries of below-zero readings for six straight nights. 1988 -- 25 years ago: The Quad-Cities was expected to enjoy a pre-holiday roast today, with temperatures climbing to near 60 degrees, close to the record high for Dec. 19 of 62 degrees set in 1877.