June 20, 2010 in City

Jim Kershner’s This day in history

By The Spokesman-Review

From our archives,

100 years ago

A flash of lightning ripped through the ballpark at Natatorium Park – in the middle of a baseball game.

The lightning bolt hit the cashier’s box at the gate, knocking money from the hand of the cashier. Another employee was knocked across the room.

Then the bolt traveled into the netting around the field, shocking people in the stands and the players on the bench.

The players jumped off the benches and ran onto the field. The spectators started a stampede toward the back of the grandstand. Nobody was severely injured, but nobody felt like resuming the game.

From the Father’s Day file: The Spokesman-Review ran a front-page editorial cartoon making gentle fun of this new-fangled Father’s Day idea. It showed a beleaguered looking man fixing the washer on Monday, splitting wood on Tuesday, cutting the lawn on Wednesday, watching the kids on Thursday, cooking dinner for an “indisposed” wife on Friday, turning over his salary to his wife on Saturday and being ordered by his wife to go to church on Sunday.

The caption said: “Isn’t Every Day Father’s Day?”

Also on this date:

(From the Associated Press)

1782: Congress approved the Great Seal of the United States.

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