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Jim Kershner’s This day in history

Sun., Jan. 15, 2012

From our archives, 100 years ago

Police were startled to discover that not one woman was a prisoner of the Spokane City Jail. When a crew of mission workers came to the jail to conduct the usual Sunday services “for fallen women,” they found none.

Police said that since the first of the year, there had been a notable fall-off in female drunkenness. They attributed it to “New Year’s resolutions.”

From the technology beat: Washington State College in Pullman was proving to be an innovator in a new and exciting technology: wireless, meaning radio.

The school’s Radio-Electric Club was installing one of the “largest and most powerful wireless outfits in the Northwest,” complete with a 120-foot tower. They hoped to talk to other wireless enthusiasts from as far away as San Francisco and Alaska.

From the tonsorial beat: All of the male seniors at Washington State College were engaged in their senior project: growing beards or mustaches.

The class adopted a rule requiring all males to have some form of facial hair in time for the commencement ceremonies in June. This somewhat tongue-in-cheek rule called for a $2 fine to be collected from the first man who violated it.

Also on this date

(From the Associated Press)

1929: Civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. was born in Atlanta.

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