Day in history for December 18, 2001

1851 -- 150 years ago
A Whig state convention has been called to meet at Springfield on the fourth Monday of December.

1876 -- 125 years ago
Our Mr. Mansill's almanac for 1877 is now ready for sale.

1901 -- 100 years ago
Deputies from 33 states attended the third annual school of instruction of the Modern Woodmen of America.

1926 -- 75 years ago
Mathias G. Welch was appointed to the office of Rock Island electrical inspector.

1951 -- 50 years ago
Dick Sargent, former Moline resident, has attained the height which is the goal of most artists of today. He's done a cover for the Saturday Evening Post. The central figure is a wide-eyed little boy, beside an attic trunk in which he finds garments which obviously belong to Santa Claus. In one hand he holds a beautiful white beard. What has happened to Santa Claus is the question his eyes ask.

1976 -- 25 years ago
Moline and Rock Island school officials today began laying the groundwork for possibly lengthy court battles against state desegregation orders. A unanimous Moline Board of Education, which has vowed since March that it would not comply with state orders, hired two law firms to advise whether the district has legal grounds to resist the desegregation order. The board opposes the integration of Ericsson Elementary School because of the ``uniqueness'' of its bilingual program.

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