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Jim Kershner’s this day in history

Fri., Nov. 1, 2013

From our archives, 100 years ago

Halloween mayhem was so widespread in Spokane that police averaged eight complaint calls per minute.

So many kids greased so many streetcar tracks – which prevented streetcars from getting traction – that traffic up North Division was at a standstill for a half-hour.

Other tracks were covered in “torpedoes” – firecrackers that exploded when run over.

A band of boys at Fifth Avenue and Stevens Street got hold of a 6-foot-diameter cable spool and started it rolling down the Stevens Hill. It rolled all the way to Second Avenue, where it struck a team of horses. The horses bolted, the wagon broke a wheel and the horses’ legs were cut when they ran into a fence.

At Cleveland Avenue and Cedar Street, a bunch of boys hauled two buggies onto the streetcar tracks. When the streetcar came barreling down, it smashed into the buggies and destroyed them.

Meanwhile, a 30-boy “gang” was found “singing and creating a disturbance” on Bernard Street. They were marched to the police station and given a stern lecture.

Also on this date

(From the Associated Press)

1952: The United States exploded the first hydrogen bomb, code-named “Ivy Mike,” at Enewetak Atoll in the Marshall Islands.

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