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Jim Kershner’s this day in history

From our archives, 100 years ago

May Meeker, 27, and her beau, George Hayes, age unspecified, were sitting on the sill of an open second-floor window at 1 a.m., courting and sparking.

They must have sparked a little too energetically, because they both tumbled out the window and crashed to the ground. Hayes, who was described as slender, landed on top of Miss Meeker, who was described as “stocky.” Hayes had “no injuries except shock.”

But rescuers believed at first that Miss Meeker’s back had been broken. She was rushed to the emergency hospital, where doctors determined that she had no fractures but numerous abrasions. She was hysterical, but once she quieted down, doctors determined she would make a full recovery.

Hayes’ light weight probably saved Miss Meeker from more serious injury, the paper said.

From the immigration beat: Congress was dealing with an issue that sounds familiar to us today: immigration reform.

However, they called it “alien naturalization” reform. The Spokesman-Review’s editorial page called for reform that would make it easier for the 4 million “eligible male aliens” to become U.S. citizens.

Also on this date

(From the Associated Press)

1938: The Civil Aeronautics Authority was established.