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Jim Kershner’s This day in history

From our archives, 100 years ago

Spokane was smacked with a howling winter storm, breaking records for snowfall (a foot) and low temperatures (8 degrees) for the first half of November.

The city was dealing with a number of snow-related issues:

• The transcontinental trains were running six to seven hours late.

• A number of streetcar lines were out of service.

• Power lines were “in distress” and lights were out in some parts of the city.

From the theater beat : Meanwhile, a “snowbound” audience at the Orpheum theater in Spokane had plenty of vaudeville to enjoy, said The Spokesman-Review’s critic.

Among the acts on the bill:

• An Artist’s Dream of a Story in Sand and Song – An unusual act which consisted of one member of the duo singing while the other “draws pictures in a large frame with colored sand.”

• Horton and Latriska, The Clown and Human Doll – “After an extended performance with what appears to be a mechanical doll, the doll is taken into the audience and examined and then returned to the stage, where it proves to be very much alive.”

Also on this date

(From the Associated Press)

1982: The Vietnam Veterans Memorial was dedicated on the National Mall in Washington, D.C.

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