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Jim Kershner’s This Day in History

Wed., May 26, 2010

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From our archives, 100 years ago

Bonner County, Idaho, was the latest county to go “dry.” The county voted to ban alcohol sales by 350 votes.

The “wets” and the “dries” spent money freely during the campaign, with the Bonner County Retail Liquor Association spending the jaw-dropping sum of $10,000 in a losing cause.

Apparently, some areas of the county were far more anti-liquor than others. The Clarks Fork precinct voted dry by 106 to 40, while a majority in Sandpoint voted to stay wet.

In fact, one Sandpoint precinct, called the Pend Oreille precinct, voted 172 to 37 to stay wet.

From the entertainment beat: The Spokane Theater announced its intention to give Spokane its first outdoor Shakespeare play, “As You Like It.”

The company said they were making arrangements to stage a weeklong run later in the summer, with a cast of 75 and “powerful searchlights” to illuminate the nighttime performances.

They planned to stage the play in one of the city parks, yet to be determined.

Also on this date

(From the Associated Press)

1994: Michael Jackson and Lisa Marie Presley were married in the Dominican Republic. (The marriage ended in 1996.)



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