Feb. 1, 1946: A large group of “incensed housewives” march on city hall to protest an abandoned pig farm in their neighborhood having been turned into a “bawdy house of prostitution”— where hogs, goats and geese used to roam.
Feb. 2, 1966: Twenty “peaceniks” from the Southern Nevada Committee for Peace in Vietnam, “withstanding a stinging barrage of insults,” are in the news for protesting outside the federal building.
Feb. 3, 1952: Rare African toads arrive in Vegas to be used by Dr. C. L. McVey “in place of rabbits for the Aschheim-Zondek pregnancy test for local women.”
Feb. 4, 1930: Streets are being treated with calcium chloride, known as “dough flake,” to pull moisture from the air and keep roads damp, thereby eliminating the “dust nuisance” in town.
Feb. 5, 1927: A Black Bottom dance contest is held at the Elks Hall, featuring the music of the Hobo Syncopators.
Feb. 6, 1996: “Gaylapalooza,” an evening of gay comedy, opens at the Riviera Comedy Club.
Feb. 7, 1930: Wanted by police for “passing spurious paper after a bad streak of gambling,” Jack Kilgore, a Las Vegas Café employee, shoots himself in the heart and dies. His body will lie where it has died in his house until the coroner, who is out of town for a few days, returns to examine it.
Feb. 8, 1933: The newspaper reports two workmen, M. Kaighn, 28, and J. Powers, 32, have been killed in an avalanche of rocks while working on Boulder Dam.
Feb. 9, 1964: In town to address Clark County’s school principals, famed national educator Dr. Ernest Melby says, “Schools breed more poverty where poverty already exists because good teachers won’t go into depressed neighborhoods.”
Feb. 10, 1966: According to Berkeley Bunker, local mortuary owner, “40 percent of the adults who die in Las Vegas are shipped out of state after embalming.”
Feb. 11, 1966: Clark County School District officials introduce a “three-pronged attack” to reduce the high dropout rate.
Feb. 12, 1927: More than 700 Texas pecan trees have been sent here to trigger pecan farming in the Vegas valley.
Feb. 13, 1909: “Puss,” the pet cat of Mr. and Mrs. Walter Bracken, plus a dog owned by C. E. Colson, are recent victims of “the cowardly and malicious scattering of poisoned meat.”
Feb. 14, 1936: At the Red and White Food Store on Fremont Street, russet potatoes are 10 pounds for 15 cents; large Idaho Jonathan apples, seven pounds for 25 cents.
Feb. 15, 1951: Dr. William Harper and Delbert Potter, local doctor and pharmacist respectively, are arrested on charges of supplying drugs to area narcotics addicts.
Feb. 16, 1918: It is “Soldier Smoke Week” in Vegas, to raise cash to send cigarettes to our boys in France, who are serving “on the rim of the war’s ‘No Man’s Land.’” Theodore Roosevelt writes: “I wish you all possible success in your admirable effort to get our boys in France tobacco.”
Feb. 17, 1991: The Silence of the Lambs is playing at the Gold Coast Theaters.
Feb. 18, 1983: Golden Nugget Chairman Steve Wynn says a proposed state lottery is “certainly the dumbest idea that’s ever come down the pike, considering the current economic climate for casinos.”
Feb. 19, 1991: Reports reveal that Nevada gaming revenues have sailed past $5 billion for the first time.
Feb. 20, 1910: Las Vegas, “The City of Destiny,” is four years old, with a population of 1,250 and 10 miles of graded and curbed streets.
Feb. 21, 1936: Elk’s club custodian Bill Spellman is accidentally shot through the head and gravely wounded as his friend, Walter Houck, tries to give Spellman’s new cowboy hat, while still on Spellman’s head, “an authentic bullet hole” for the Helldorado parade.
Feb. 22, 1936: Charlie Chaplin’s Modern Times is playing at the Palace Theater.
Feb. 23, 1958: Local teachers vote “to affiliate with the American Teacher’s Federation” after the school board offers a $100 annual raise in salary, when teachers have asked for a $600 increase.
Feb. 24, 1963: Dennis Ward, 15, a junior at Las Vegas High, dies in a scuba diving accident — the 100th recorded drowning at Lake Mead since it opened in 1937.
Feb. 25, 1931: A huge Gila monster, reportedly “more than 400 years old, measuring 21 inches in length,” attacks two men in the desert but is captured and given to the high school for science classes.
Feb. 26, 1958: “Lack of funds” is cited by politicians as the reason teachers will not receive an adequate pay raise this year.
Feb. 27, 1936: William Spellman (see Feb. 21) amazingly recovers the use of all faculties, and is expected to live, after Dr. C. W. Woodbury has removed the damaged portion of his brain — injured when his best friend, Walter Houck, decorated Spellman’s new cowboy hat, while still on his head, with “an authentic bullet hole” for the Helldorado parade.
Feb. 28, 1931: The U.S. Senate overrides President Hoover’s veto of the veteran’s loan bill, which will bring about $125,000 to local veterans of the world war.
Sources: Las Vegas Age; Las Vegas Morning Tribune; Review-Journal