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Jim Kershner’s This Day in History

Fri., April 23, 2010

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From our archives, 100 years ago

Spokane’s “City Beautiful” committee unanimously recommended the construction of a new park, Rainbow Park, at the north end of the Monroe Street Bridge.

The resolution called for two spiral staircases to lead down from the bridge to “the best vantage points to see the beautiful rainbow over the falls.”

From the crime file: Spokane police busted a safe-cracking gang that had pulled off jobs all over the Northwest, including blasting open a Seattle church safe.

“I know you have nothing on me in this burg, so I say nothing,” said one of the gang members.

From the entertainment file: Charles the First, “the original man-monkey from which all of the other man-monkey acts were patterned,” was booked into the Orpheum theater.

Charles, actually a trained chimp, was billed as being able to do everything a man can do, except talk.

“When he sits down to the dining table, he eats and drinks and tips the waiter, with all the ease and grace of a café habitué,” said the Spokane Daily Chronicle.

Also on this date:

(From the Associated Press)

In 1940: About 200 people died in the Rhythm Night Club Fire in Natchez, Miss.

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