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Jim Kershner’s this day in history

From our archives, 100 years ago

Sam Miller, the young man who shot and killed his father for repeatedly beating his mother, was set free by a Sandpoint court.

In a hearing, his mother and sister testified that the husband was attacking the mother around midnight. When Sam confronted the father, the father brandished a revolver and threatened to kill Sam. Sam, armed with a rifle, shot him dead. This happened at their cabin on Garfield Bay on Lake Pend Oreille.

At the end of the hearing, the state joined the defense counsel in asking for the defendant to be discharged and charges dropped.

From the election beat: Spokane broke the single-day record for voter registration, with more than 1,400 voters registered.

A line of people, two abreast, led all the way out of the city clerk’s office, down the hall, out the door, onto Front Street, and around the corner onto Howard Street.

Leading the charge? Newly enfranchised women, who accounted for between 60 and 75 percent of the voters signed up that day.

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.

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