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From our archives, 75 years ago

The vice president of the Fortnightly Study Club submitted the latest in a series of articles on the subject of dinner party etiquette.

The writer issued a stern and unbending edict: It is imperative that you make conversation with your neighbor at the dinner table.

Even if your neighbor is someone you had a “bitter quarrel” with, you must “give no outward sign of your repugnance” and “make a pretence” of talking together.

“You must,” she wrote. “That is all there is about it.”

These strict admonitions were carried on the newspaper’s editorial page, in a column titled, “Public Service Column.”

From the transportation beat: A United Air Lines representative said that the company was ready to launch “overnight air service” between Spokane and New York.

The trip, which presumably required multiple stops, meant that a passenger could leave Spokane in the evening and be in New York in time for dinner the next day.

Also on this date

(From the Associated Press)

1968: Sen. Robert F. Kennedy was assassinated in Los Angeles’ Ambassador Hotel after claiming victory in California’s Democratic presidential primary. Gunman Sirhan Bishara Sirhan was immediately arrested.