100 YEARS AGO TODAY: OCT. 1, 1912
Slipping on autumn leaves fallen from shade trees, Car 177 on the Sixth Avenue line skidded backward downhill for four blocks around the dangerous Baker Street curve a few minutes after 5 o’clock last evening. Gathering speed as it shot down the incline, the car struck the tongue of a wagon loaded with coal near the corner of St. Helens Avenue and South Seventh Street. The tongue of the wagon snapped, and by good fortune the car stuck to the track. Swinging around the perilously sharp curve at St. Helens Avenue the car, jammed to the gates with passengers, seemed certain to leave the rails. Again good fortune intervened.
75 YEARS AGO TODAY: OCT. 1, 1937
Tacoma will play host to the president of the United States on Friday evening. It will be President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s first visit to the city as the nation’s chief executive. Roosevelt’s schedule calls for his arrival in downtown Tacoma around 6:30 p.m. As his caravan left Lake Crescent on Friday morning to complete the Olympic loop, rain was falling but the weather had greatly improved.
50 YEARS AGO TODAY: OCT. 1, 1962
In one of the wildest outbursts of civilian rioting in the recent history of the United States, two persons were killed and about 20 wounded last night and early today on the campus of the University of Mississippi. Teargas, gunfire, soft-drink bottles and bricks were used in the surging melee that developed yesterday when university students and others clashed with federal forces delegated to ensure the enrollment of James. H. Meredith.