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Jim Kershner’s This day in history

From our archives, 50 years ago

The executive secretary of the Spokane Council of Churches came down hard against a 1960 ballot initiative that would have allowed taverns to serve hard liquor.

He said it would be a “means of returning to old-time conditions of pre-Prohibition days, when we had open saloons.”

He also said the initiative posed a “serious moral issue” since it would encourage hard-liquor consumption and cause “problems in family relations and finances.”

The initiative would go on to lose by a huge margin.

From the daylight saving file: Meanwhile, another Spokane theater owner opposed another statewide initiative, which would establish daylight saving time throughout the state.

He said it would be “detrimental to the entertainment industry,” a subject he presumably knew something about.

Yet he said it would also be bad for farmers, whose cows would have to go through a “difficult period of adjustment” and for young children, who would have to get up in the dark to go to school.

This initiative went on to pass.

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(From the Associated Press)

1825: The Erie Canal opened in upstate New York, connecting Lake Erie and the Hudson River.

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