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.