100 YEARS AGO TODAY
December 31, 1912
With the advent of the wrestling season and the announcement of the several matches scheduled for the Northwestern cities, and particularly Tacoma, interest in the game is widening and fans are beginning to discuss their favorites. When Jack Herman came through Tacoma and arranged a date here for Zbyszko he stirred things considerably among the followers of the mat game. .
50 YEARS AGO TODAY
December 31, 1962
Mother Nature began an early New Year’s Eve celebration at 12:40 p.m. today by rocking a large section of Western Washington with a brief but dish-spilling earthquake. It was felt extensively throughout Tacoma and Pierce County. First reports indicated the tremors lasted about five seconds. Dr. Howard Coombs, chairman of the University of Washington’s geology department, told The News Tribune the temblor had an intensity of 4 on the modified Mercalli Scale. “It was just enough to be felt but not enough to do any damage,” Dr. Coombs said.
25 YEARS AGO TODAY
December 31, 1987
A proposal to create a library of computerized DNA information in King County is a terrific but unrealistic idea, according to prosecutors and law enforcement officials. King County Councilman Ron Sims said he plans to ask fellow council members next month to approve development of a library of genetic information based on DNA samples taken from convicted sex offenders. While such a library would be a tremendous help in apprehending and prosecuting offenders of sexual assaults and other crimes, many familiar with the use of DNA information in criminal cases said the technology and law to support such a library haven’t been established. “It’s a little ahead of its time,” said Pierce County Prosecutor John Ladenburg.