100 YEARS AGO TODAY
December 4, 1912
There was considerable excitement this afternoon when two of the members of the crew of the steamer Governor of the Pacific Coast Steamship Co. met and settled their difficulties in a slugging match which lasted about 20 minutes. Victory went to the smaller man. Fernando by name, who was apparently not damaged beyond a loose tooth or two. While the bigger man wanted to continue the fight, those watching it called a halt when they thought the big fellow was in danger of being knocked out.
50 YEARS AGO TODAY
December 4, 1962
A Tacoma father today expressed shock over his son’s sudden move to Havana to work for Prime Minister Fidel Castro’s government. The Cuban News Agency said today that former Tacoman David Michael, described as a University of California engineering graduate, his wife and three sons flew on Dec. 1 by a Cuban airliner from Mexico City. The agency quoted Mrs. Michael: “Many North Americans think as we do.” “David has a good job,” she said, “but preferred to employ his mechanical engineering knowledge in a brave and growing country such as Cuba,” according to The Associated Press.
25 YEARS AGO TODAY
December 4, 1987
Taxpayers in King and Pierce counties may be asked to help foot the bill for the swimming, track and field and bicycle-racing facilities of the 1990 Goodwill Games. Officials from the two counties also said they’re studying a short-term tax on professional sports events – such as Seattle Seahawks, Seattle SuperSonics and Tacoma Stars games – to help finance the international amateur competitions, scheduled for July -August 1990.