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Jim Kershner’s this day in history

SATURDAY, SEPT. 15, 2012

From our archives, 100 years ago

Columbus Swinton, identified in a news story as “23 years old, colored,” was walking along a street just east of the city limits when he came across two boys target-shooting.

He asked them to stop while he walked past, but “a few seconds later, a bullet entered his leg.”

Swinton ended up in the emergency room, and the two boys, 12 and 13, were taken to the police station and booked for shooting within the city limits.

From the entertainment beat: A new play was coming to the Orpheum in Spokane, a political satire called “The Suffragette.”

It dealt with the “problems which may result from the general acceptance of votes for women.”

It was about a man being opposed by his own wife in a race for mayor. The play culminated in a scene at their home on election night. Hilarity ensued.

Also on this date

(From the Associated Press)

1935: The Nuremberg Laws deprived German Jews of their citizenship. … 1954: As raucous fans looked on, Marilyn Monroe filmed the famous billowing-skirt scene for “The Seven Year Itch” over a Lexington Avenue subway grate in Manhattan. (However, the scene was later reshot on a Hollywood set.) … 1972: A federal grand jury in Washington indicted seven men in connection with the Watergate break-in.

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