May 12, 2011 in City

Jim Kershner’s This day in history

By The Spokesman-Review
 

From our archives, 50 years ago

The Spokane Coliseum was preparing to host one of the biggest events of 1961, the Inland Empire Show.

This was a two-week event that combined elements of a circus with a Vegas-style stage show.

Caged African lions, cougars, wildcats and badgers were loaded into one exhibit room. Another area was being fitted with an archery range and a trout tank.

The stage shows were to be headlined by the Ink Spots. The rest of the bill had an Ed Sullivan-style range: the Jim Baker Orchestra, Aldo Christiani and his precision-trained Doberman Pinschers, Jimmy Troy (“comedy king of the air”) and Ursula & Gus, Balancing Virtuosos.

From the restaurant beat: Spokane’s restaurants were gearing up for Mother’s Day. The Mother’s Day specials included a Hawaiian Luau at the Ridpath Roof, complete with waitresses in sarongs and grass skirts.

If you wanted a little European glamour, you could take Mom to the Matador Room at the Davenport Hotel, offering “the charm of old world Spain,” or to Knud’s Copper Grill & Copenhagen Dining Room, featuring “roast Danish duckling with apple and prune stuffing.”

Also on this date

(From the Associated Press)

1937: Britain’s King George VI was crowned at Westminster Abbey.

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