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Jim Kershner’s This day in history

From our archives, 100 years ago

The announcement made front page news: England’s greatest Shakespearean actress, Ellen Terry, was on her way to Spokane in 1910.

Terry, then 63, was scheduled to give “three talks on the plays of Shakespeare, appearing in Elizabethan costume and acting great scenes from several of the great plays.”

From the fair file: For the first time, a Women’s Parade and a Women’s Day were scheduled at the Interstate Fair, reflecting the increasing prominence of women in the city’s public life. The celebration would include a variety of women’s groups, from suffrage clubs, to literary clubs, to needlework clubs, to industrial unions. The street parade would be highlighted by an all-woman band. There was some controversy, however. Earlier it had been announced that the Women’s Parade would be led by a group of Indian women – the Chronicle called them “painted Indian squaws.” After the news came out, the parade committee seemed to backtrack, saying “it was only a suggestion” and the final decision hadn’t been made. But the parade chairwoman strongly backed the idea, saying the parade should be “thoroughly representative of women in every walk of life.”

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1789: Congress passed a Judiciary Act which provided for an Attorney General and a Supreme Court.

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