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Jim Kershner’s this day in history

Wed., Dec. 26, 2012, midnight

From our archives, 100 years ago

Some of the city’s lumberjacks and saloon denizens had themselves a merry Christmas – in jail.

Lumberjack Tom Berg found a set of false white whiskers, which gave him an inspired idea. In the wee hours of the morning, he decided to sneak up the stairs of the Garno Hotel and surprise his friends with a visit from Santa.

Maybe the whiskers slipped and covered up his eyes. Maybe his balance was impaired. In any case, he lost his footing on the staircase and fell backward all the way down the stairs. He was treated for bruises and bumps and spent the night in jail on a charge of drunkenness.

Another lumberjack named Andrew Hadbren became mixed up in a Christmas melee at the aptly named North Pole Hotel. He “was caressed over the cranium with a bottle and took the count for 30 minutes.”

He, too, spent Christmas night in a cell.

(From the Associated Press)

1996: Six-year-old JonBenet Ramsey was found beaten and strangled in the basement of her family’s home in Boulder, Colo.

2004: Some 230,000 people, mostly in southern Asia, were killed by a tsunami triggered by the world’s most powerful earthquake in 40 years beneath the Indian Ocean.

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