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Jim Kershner’s this day in history

From our archives, 100 years ago

A spectacular photo showed a man on skis flying high above the snow, with this headline: “Ski Jumpers at Moran Prairie Furnish Glimpse of Norse Sport; Leap Far in Air From Slide and Dash Mile Down Steep Hillside.”

Apparently, a Nordic ski run had been established at what the caption called “Moran Station.”

A large crowd watched local experts take off from a ski jump, along with some nonexperts.

“The novices were out and spills were frequent and spectacular,” said the paper.

The skiers said they planned to hold events at the jump as long as weather conditions permitted.

From the social evil beat: The Spokane police commissioner said he believed that voters should decide once and for all whether Spokane should establish an official area for “the social evil.”

In other words, a red-light district.

However, the commissioner said the main argument in favor of an official red-light district – that it confined prostitution to a single area – didn’t hold up to scrutiny. He said other cities had found that half of the prostitutes were still “plying their vocation outside the district.”

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(From the Associated Press)

1973: The Vietnam peace accords were signed in Paris.