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September almanac: on these days in our city…



Sept. 1, 1930: 1,576 students enroll in Las Vegas schools, a 30 percent increase from the previous year. 1937: Back “by popular demand,” Libeled Lady, starring Jean Harlow, who tragically died the past June 7, is playing at the El Portal Theatre.

Sept. 2, 1946: Irish war bride Bridget Waters shoots and kills her estranged American husband, Frank Waters, son of a prominent local family. Though an international symbol for war brides abandoned by U.S. military personnel, she is sentenced to three years in prison.

Sept. 3, 1921: In “a tragedy of unrequited love,” 29-year-old pipefitter Esteban Torres, “visiting his inamorata, one Josephine Young, a tenant of the Arizona Club, (places) the muzzle of a revolver in his own mouth sending one or two bullets through his head.”

Sept. 4, 1930: District Attorney Harley Harmon leads a raid on the Hideaway Inn to arrest William Pechart and Roy Nowell for running a crap game, punishable by up to 14 years in prison. 1949: Bandit William Middleton, 30, promises that, “with any luck gambling,” he will return a $147 theft to his victim.

Sept. 5, 1924: Will Watterson is sentenced to the state prison for incest, and his “wife and little children” move to Carson City to be near him during his incarceration.

Sept. 6, 1978: Labor arbitrator Neil Herring rules to give city employees 6.8 percent wage increases instead of the 5.9 percent offered by the city.

Sept. 7, 1996: Mike Tyson knocks out Bruce Seldon in a WBA title bout at the MGM. Following this fight, rapper Tupac Shakur is shot multiple times on Flamingo Road.

Sept. 8, 1908: Socialist presidential candidate Eugene Debs is greeted by a large crowd at the train depot. 1972: After treating seven bite cases in August at Southern Nevada Memorial Hospital, officials say, “the black widow scare has eased in September.”

Sept. 9, 2008: More than 580 media credentials are issued for the upcoming O.J. Simpson trial for criminal charges regarding “a sports memorabilia heist at Palace Station.”

Sept. 10, 1921: Former Nevada Gov. Denver Dickerson pleads guilty and is fined $1,000 for illegally transporting films of the Dempsey vs. Carpentier prizefight from New Jersey.

Sept. 11, 1937: Quail shooting is witnessed in North Las Vegas at night, though the season doesn’t open until Oct. 20, and “under no circumstances are hunters to operate after sundown.”

Sept. 12, 1933: Las Vegas High tops 600 students for the first time, 130 of them from Boulder City. 1947: Several teenagers are nabbed for smearing red and black paint (Vegas High colors) on Boulder City High School.

Sept. 13, 1921: 29-year-old Leona Harmon, wife of attorney Harley Harmon, dies from “a serious, rare throat infection.” 1996: Rapper Tupac Shakur dies on Friday the 13th, six days after being shot near the Strip. 1997: Local author Cathy Scott publishes The Killing of Tupac Shakur.

Sept. 14, 1969: Psychiatrist Jack Jurasky cites timing, temperature and temperament as factors in the county’s 14 homicides.

Sept. 15, 1996: The new Las Vegas Speedway attracts “the highest attendance at a sporting event in Nevada history — 67,000.”

Sept. 16, 1955: The Lions Club closes its “community fair charity booth for crippled children” after police warn them for “mistreating goldfish” in a ping-pong-ball-toss into fish bowls.

Sept. 17, 1991: At the trial of porn king Reuban Sturman, local jurors watch humans having sex with animals, and “men and women defecating in one another’s mouths.”

Sept. 18, 1949: Fifth Street Grammar School “will continue its program to assist retarded children,” says the principal.

Sept. 19, 1969: Vegas casinos win 62 percent of the state’s monthly record of $457 million.

Sept. 20, 1949: Stanley Meluski confesses to having staged his own beating and robbery to hide gambling losses from his “attractive brunet wife and small child.” 2010: The jobless rate here hits 14.7 percent.

Sept. 21, 1955: 3,000 fans watch undefeated heavyweight Rocky Marciano knock out Archie Moore, televised from Yankee Stadium, on closed circuit TV at the Dula Rec Center.

Sept. 22, 1912: William Jennings Bryan, “the great commoner,” is greeted by “an immense crowd” at the train depot. 1928: The Las Vegas Age newspaper writes that teaching kindergarten is harder than digging ditches.

Sept. 23, 1930: The chamber of commerce blocks “determined efforts to change the name of Las Vegas to Hoover City.” 2007: An ad in the Review-Journal touts GREAT SEX FOREVER.

Sept. 24, 1991: A reported 10 AIDS patients die here in August, bringing the total to 374. 1996: Wal-Mart bans Sheryl Crow’s latest album for its lyrics, “watch our children kill each other with a gun bought at Wal-Mart.”

Sept. 25, 1949: Using the gun his 23-year-old “sweetheart” committed suicide with a year earlier, Harry Nunnally, of Long Beach, kills himself in a downtown motel.

Sept. 26, 1908: The new ice plant, with a $300,000 price tag, will produce 100 tons of ice per day.

Sept. 27, 1963: Before coming to Vegas, President Kennedy is “enthusiastically” received by a capacity crowd at the Mormon Tabernacle in Salt Lake City.

Sept. 28, 1963: At the Las Vegas Convention Center, 7,500 people see JFK speak about “the need for greater emphasis on education.” 2010: Local schools enroll 309,977 students, with near the lowest per-pupil funding nationally.

Sept. 29, 1933: At $31 an ounce, gold is rising, making Nevada “a bright spot from a labor standpoint.” 1959: Teachers report that student “jacket-gangs” are out of control at Vegas High, threatening “the morals and morale” of the school.

Sept. 30, 1928: Tourist Amelia Earhart says she would like to make her home in Las Vegas someday. 1959: Judge Walter Richards is planning a “modern day chain-gang” for local juvenile delinquents.