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Jim Kershner’s This day in history

Thu., June 10, 2010

From our archives,

75 years ago

Spokane city officials were waiting to hear if they soon would get a federal license to install two-way radios in the Police Department’s “prowl cars.”

“Two-way sets will increase efficiency of police work to a great extent,” said Public Safety Commissioner A.B. Colburn.

From our archives,

50 years ago

It was a close race, but Neal R. Fosseen was elected Spokane mayor. He defeated incumbent mayor Kenneth Lawson by 223 votes, according to an unofficial tally.

Fosseen, a Marine who served in World War II, was vice president of Old National Bank. He was Spokane’s first mayor to be elected under the new manager-council form of government that would last until 2001. Previous mayors had been appointed from the ranks of the city commissioners.

Fosseen would serve as mayor for seven years and was instrumental in creating the sister-city relationship with Nishinomiya, Japan, and in modernizing Spokane International Airport.

Also on this date

(From the Associated Press)

1935: Alcoholics Anonymous was founded in Akron, Ohio, by Dr. Robert Holbrook Smith and William Griffith Wilson.

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