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December Almanac: On these days in our city’s history

Dec. 1, 1948: Mrs. Elizabeth Resner, 15, dies one day after giving birth to twins, one of which has died in childbirth. School friends from Vegas High will be pallbearers at her funeral.

Dec. 2, 1922: Las Vegas residents gather at the Majestic Theater to hear Secretary of Commerce Herbert Hoover speak by radiophone from Los Angeles about the proposed Boulder Canyon Project.

Dec. 3, 1943: December’s war quota of passenger automobile tires has been slightly increased, to 2,600 tires for all of Nevada.

Dec. 4, 1909: The Isis Theater opens to a packed house, at 10 cents a ticket, where every motion picture is “intensely interesting, whether comical comedy or dramatic drama.”

Dec. 5, 1948: The newspaper reports on the previous day’s tremors shaking Las Vegas from earthquakes in California, the heaviest ever recorded here.

Dec. 6, 1963: The rereleased Spartacus plays at the Huntridge Theater.

Dec. 7, 1922: After a poorly attended parent night at the local school, the newspaper writes, “There does not seem to be any reason why parents who send children to school should not be able to meet with teachers at least once a month.”

Dec. 8, 1948: Dorothy Ruth, 27, daughter of “the immortal George Herman ‘Babe’ Ruth,” marries Dominick Pirone here, and plans to remain in town permanently.

Dec. 9, 1999: County Regional Flood Control approves $31 million to finally halt the regular flooding at the Charleston Boulevard underpass near I-15.

Dec. 10, 1915: “Hordes of hobos” arrive on every freight train through the city, totaling 20 to 40 indigents per day, keeping law officers busy.

Dec. 11, 1955: California entrepreneur John Paschall is in town promoting the construction of a two-hour monorail system between Vegas and Los Angeles.

Dec. 12, 1963: Hair stylist Rodney Rodriquez, from the Revlon Salon in New York, criticizes Las Vegas for having too many blond women, and says that every woman here “must have a showgirl complex.”

Dec. 13, 1963: Although its present financial plight “is not as bad as predicted,” the school district still plans to ask for a record-setting bond issue of $37 million the following May.

Dec. 14, 1977: Dr. Glyn Caldwell of the Center for Disease Control says, “There’s adequate data to support a suspicion that there may be increased incidence of leukemia” among the 3,413 witnesses to a 1957 atomic explosion, named “Smokey,” at the Nevada Test Site.

Dec. 15, 1977: The news reports that an “underground nuclear device was successfully detonated” the previous day at the Test Site.

Dec. 16, 1977: Army officials announce “there has been no confirmed link between the incidence of leukemia in participants and their presence at the Test Site” at the time of the 1957 “Smokey” nuclear test.

Dec. 17, 1993: MGM Executive Vice President Gene Shutler reportedly claims the Strip resort owns “most of the sidewalk around the hotel,” and that Culinary Union members picketing on sidewalks outside the hotel will be arrested by Metro.

Dec. 18, 1952: Veteran GOP leader Sen. Henry Bridges (R) New Hampshire, urges the use of atomic weapons to end the Korean War.

Dec. 19, 1952: Dense fog envelops Vegas and, for the first time in the history of the weather bureau, a visibility of zero is recorded throughout the valley.

Dec. 20, 1982: “Although known for his hot temper,” reputed mobster Salvatore “Springfield Sam” Manarite is arrested without difficulty at his local home for “allegedly violating parole.”

Dec. 21, 1982: A newspaper headline reads: “Air pollution reaches unhealthy level in LV.” 1985: A headline proclaims: “Poor air quality expected to continue.”

Dec. 22, 1943: Dr. Roy Martin, 65, pioneer physician who came to Las Vegas from Nebraska in 1905 and built the first modern hospital here, dies from a heart attack.

Dec. 23, 1909: Although businesses have been hurt “by the mail-order habit,” area businessmen report “business conditions are better than ever and constantly improving.”

Dec. 24, 1952: Bert Lahr, who played the Cowardly Lion in The Wizard of Oz, performs at the Thunderbird.

Dec. 25, 1905: Near its “little huddle of tents and shacks clustered near the railroad,” the new city’s first public Christmas celebration is produced, with few resources, for “the happiness of all local children.”

Dec. 26, 1919: Charles Sprague, in “the most important agricultural advancement in Las Vegas,” has purchased the Winterwood Ranch to plant cotton, for “King Cotton to reign in the valley.”

Dec. 27, 1955: Clark County’s annual birth records, or “stork market returns,” have been shattered, with more than 2,700 babies born here this year.

Dec. 28, 1993: “A mecca for employment,” Nevada, with a 3.9 percent population increase, is now the fastest-growing state in the nation.

Dec. 29, 1982: Executive Director Frank Sain of the Convention Authority berates the media for portraying Vegas as a town “with dimmed lights, failing resorts and empty casinos.”

Dec. 30, 1985: Asbestos removal is under way at Clark County’s public schools, including Orr Middle School, Cashman and Von Tobel junior high schools, plus Valley and Eldorado high schools.

Dec. 31, 1993: Playing at the Cinedome Theater is The Air Up There, starring Kevin Bacon.

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