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Jim Kershner’s this day in history

From our archives, 100 year ago

A committee of the Commercial Club of Coeur d’Alene was pursuing an intriguing idea: forming a new state from the northern counties of Idaho.

In essence, they were pursuing secession from Idaho.

A Coeur d’Alene correspondent reported there was “much interest here” in the idea.

From the alienist beat: A man from Outlook, Wash., had a vision in which he was informed that the Catholic Church was the only true church and that he should kill all Protestants.

He erected a cross in his backyard and stationed himself at its foot with a loaded rifle. He was taken into custody and committed by the board of alienists (psychiatrists) to the State Hospital for the Insane at Medical Lake.

Also on this date

(From the Associated Press)

1913: President Woodrow Wilson met with about 100 reporters for the first formal presidential press conference.

1962: A chartered Flying Tiger Line airplane carrying 107 people, most of them U.S. Army personnel, disappeared while en route from Guam to the Philippines.

1972: “The Godfather,” Francis Ford Coppola’s epic gangster movie based on the Mario Puzo novel and starring Marlon Brando and Al Pacino, premiered in New York.

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