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Jim Kershner’s this day in history

From our archives, 100 years ago

Washington Water Power, which owned the big Natatorium Park, was pondering this profound question: Should the tango be allowed at the amusement park’s dance pavilion?

The company’s “board of censorship” had already approved the one-step, the hesitation waltz and the two-step. But they were still investigating the tango.

The company announced that it would launch “a study of the alleged official tango” as taught by Spokane dancing teachers. The “official” tango was said to be a “modest” version of the controversial dance, and was said by its proponents to be “as artistic as any of the older dances.”

The censorship board was also investigating another new dance, the castle walk. 

From the music beat: The local chamber of commerce announced a contest for a song to promote the charms of the Inland Empire.

The song should be a “vocal picture” of the region and it should have “such alluring rhythm that it will be on the lips of every citizen during the next year at least.”

Also on this date

(From the Associated Press)

1836: The Alamo in San Antonio fell to Mexican forces after a 13-day siege.

1912: Oreo sandwich cookies were first introduced by the National Biscuit Co.



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