Jim Kershner’s this day in history
From our archives, 100 years ago
About 200 male students at Washington State College embarked on a nighttime parade through Pullman – in their pajamas.
It was the annual Night Shirt Parade.
Here’s how a correspondent described it: “A bunch of willing students gathered near the college campus, clad only in their pajamas, and their forces were augmented by other men of the college who were awakened from their slumbers and forced to join the procession.”
The PJ-wearing crowd marched into downtown Pullman and “took the moving picture show and Dutton’s candy store by storm.”
Later, they assembled in front of the Chamber of Commerce building and posed for a photo.
From the hobo beat: Riding the rails could be a dangerous business. A Spokane cook said he was “beating his way” through the state when he was “beset by two hoboes, robbed” and thrown off the moving train just west of Eltopia.
He suffered a dislocated shoulder and a severely lacerated scalp. He staggered his way to a railroad siding where he telephoned for help.
Also on this date
(From the Associated Press)
1962: President John F. Kennedy was informed by national security adviser McGeorge Bundy that reconnaissance photographs had revealed the presence of missile bases in Cuba.