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From our archives, 100 years ago

The trustees of Spokane College announced ambitious plans to turn the college into the “largest seat of learning in the West … a replica of Harvard College.”

All they needed was money – lots of it. The trustees said they needed $80,000 for immediate improvements, plus an endowment from the philanthropist Andrew Carnegie.

Then they would rename it the University of Spokane and it would become “for the Great Northwest what the institution at Cambridge, Mass., is to the East.”

None of these grand plans came to fruition. Spokane College, located near 29th Avenue and Grand on the South Hill, folded in 1929.

From the auto beat: The president of the Spokane Chauffeur’s Club declared that the city was in desperate need of a new law: a driver’s license law.

He said that in Spokane anybody who “pretends to be a driver can turn loose his big machine, with all its potentialities for injury and death” on a vulnerable public.

He said every other city of “respectable size” has one.

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(From the Associated Press)

1945: As Russian troops approached his Berlin bunker, Adolf Hitler committed suicide along with his wife of one day, Eva Braun.