May 21, 2010 in City
Jim Kershner’s This Day in History
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From our archives, 50 years ago
A crowd estimated at 75,000 lined the downtown streets for a particularly chilly 1960 Grand Lilac Festival-Armed Forces Parade.
The temperature hit 34 the night before, and it was still brisk at the 10 a.m. parade start. Wind, rain, hail and even a little snow failed to keep the crowds away.
Two teenage girls in the Job’s Daughters Bethel 12 float adapted to the situation by wearing wool slacks, “thermo-knits” and trimmed-down sweatshirts under their gowns.
The parade featured 140 units, including 53 floats and 43 marching bands.
From the civil rights beat: Students at Whitworth College and Eastern Washington College announced they would hold “sympathy demonstrations in support of students involved in recent Negro sit-ins in southern cities.”
The local students planned to wear black ribbons in solidarity with students arrested in the sit-ins. Proceeds from the sale of the ribbons would be used for legal defense.
Also on this date
(From the Associated Press)
1881: Clara Barton founded the American Red Cross. … 1927: Charles A. Lindbergh landed his Spirit of St. Louis near Paris, completing the first solo airplane flight across the Atlantic Ocean in 331/2 hours.