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August Almanac: On these days in our city …



Aug. 1, 1941: Judge W.D. Hatton renders a decision favoring the county against nuisance businesses in the red light district of “Block 16” — the only section of town to allow booze and prostitution.

Aug. 2, 2005: Strapped for warm bodies to head up classrooms, the overcrowded Clark County School District recruits 51 teachers on temporary visas from the Philippines.

Aug. 3, 2000: Former U.S. Surgeon General Dr. Joycelyn Elders, speaking at the Orleans Hotel, says: “We’ve got kids graduating from high school who wear shoes that light up when they walk, and they have a brain that goes dead when they talk.”

Aug. 4, 2005: Authorities announce that two ducks carrying the West Nile virus, and one with “the more deadly St. Louis encephalitis virus,” have recently been plucked from the swimming pool of a major Strip hotel.

Aug. 5, 1988: Vina Kaspereit has been reunited with 41 of her stolen 110 pet ferrets, which had been kidnapped by animal-rights activists.

Aug. 6, 1942: The newspaper reports the first bus service in Las Vegas will begin operations soon, with four 22-passenger buses, at a fare of 10 cents per ride.

Aug. 7, 1940: Seven people, including four children, die and 16 are seriously burned in a westside explosion of “petrolane gas in tanks.”

Aug. 8, 1950: Pioneer businessman James Cashman Sr. is charged with “being unduly unkind to a burro, a goat and a monkey in front of his place of business — subjecting them to the Las Vegas sun without having fun.”

Aug. 9, 1929: Mr. May Brown is fined $100 for possession of liquor.

Aug. 10, 2005: Grandmotherly 74-year-old, world-famous career thief Doris Payne, nicknamed “Queen of the Jewels,” is housed in the county detention center for four pending criminal cases in the valley.

Aug. 11, 2000: A debate rages over quality of local hospital care due to a shortage of more than 500 nurses.

Aug. 12, 1932: The Las Vegas Age newspaper endorses President Herbert Hoover for another term, saying, “The country has been most fortunate having a man of Hoover’s wisdom and courage to point out the shortest path to returning prosperity.”

Aug. 13, 1909: Las Vegans can finally receive “painless dentistry” — in Los Angeles, where silver and gold fillings cost $1 each, and gold crowns are $5.

Aug. 14, 1964: Public officials call for a 10-man crime board after an FBI report tags Vegas as “leading the nation in crime statistics.”

Aug. 15, 1950: The Asphalt Jungle, a film about “crooked streets and crooked lives,” is playing at the El Portal Theater.

Aug. 16, 1964: Tickets ranging in price from $2.20 to $5.50 go on sale for the upcoming Beatles live concert four days hence.

Aug. 17, 1947: The Marine Band is in town this week, playing at different casinos for the Disabled American Veterans’ convention.

Aug. 18, 1932: A second local post, No. 2668, of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, is organized “for colored veterans only.”

Aug. 19, 1964: As hundreds of teenagers wait for the Beatles to arrive at the airport after midnight, authorities threaten to enforce the city’s 10 p.m. curfew on anyone under 18, unless they disperse and go home to bed.

Aug. 20, 1964: With attendance of about 16,000 teens, most of the music is “lost in the screams and cheers of wild-eyed teenage girls” during the Beatles’ 4 p.m. and 8 p.m. concerts at the Las Vegas Convention Center.

Aug. 21, 1929: The number of teachers has increased roughly 22 percent for the new school year — from 29 teachers last year to 37 this year.

Aug. 22, 1985: Teenager Scott Sloane is convicted of the first-degree murder and vicious sexual assault of 41-year-old Nancy Menke, mother of four and wife of an Air Force colonel.

Aug. 23, 1988: A 42-year-old mother and her four children — ages 18, 16, 13 and 12 — are arrested for allegedly selling crack cocaine out of their home to undercover police officers.

Aug. 24, 1950: Judge Walter Richards rules that auto tycoon James Cashman Sr. is guilty of deliberate acts of cruelty to animals for using a burro, a monkey, a goat and several chipmunks as a political stunt, by tethering these creatures in front of his business for long hours in the hot sun without food or water.

Aug. 25, 1932: The controversial film Merrily We Go To Hell, starring Frederic March, about a man undone by alcoholism, is at the Boulder City Theater.

Aug. 26, 1988: About 50 “fundamentalist Christians” protest the opening of Martin Scorsese’s adaptation of The Last Temptation of Christ at the Cine Boulevard Theater on Maryland Parkway.

Aug. 27, 1988: It is reported that, for the first time, Nevada casinos have surpassed the annual $4 billion mark in gaming wins, for the 1987-88 fiscal year.

Aug. 28, 1940: Boom Town, starring Clark Gable and Spencer Tracy, is at the El Portal Theater downtown.

Aug. 29, 1947: Sophie Tucker — “The Last of the Red Hot Mamas” — is appearing at the El Rancho Vegas.

Aug. 30, 1907: Rumors circulate that a new ice plant, with a 100-ton capacity, will replace the ice plant that recently burned to the ground.

Aug. 31, 1947: “Midget auto racing” comes to Vegas for the first time at the Last Frontier Sportsdrome.

Sources: Las Vegas Age; Las Vegas Morning Tribune; Review-Journal; Sun