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100 years ago

Oct. 8, 1918

• At an emergency meeting yesterday, the State Board of Health issued an order placing a state-wide quarantine on all localities where there is evidence of Spanish influenza. This order embraces all churches, schools, theaters, motion picture shows and prohibits public gatherings at lodges and at homes. No special or bargain sales will be permitted in stores in order that the congregation of crowds may be discouraged. Street cars are prohibited from carrying more passengers than their seating capacity. The order is immediately effective but it was impossible to give it general circulation yesterday and many local theaters remained open.

50 years ago

Oct. 8, 1968

• Governor Nelson A. Rockefeller of New York will be in Little Rock for a Nixon-Agnew fundraising reception at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Albert Pike Hotel. The reception will also be attended by his brother, Governor Winthrop Rockefeller. The two governors will hold a news conference at 5 p.m. Wednesday in the lobby of Central Flying Service at Adams Field. Jim Coates of Little Rock, Citizens for Nixon chairman, and Governor Winthrop Rockefeller are co-chairmen for the event.

25 years ago

Oct. 8, 1993

• Stereotypes have been shattered for Akihito Tamura, a first-grade teacher from Sapporo, Japan, who is in the United States and Little Rock for the first time in his life. Tamura is one of 22 people from Sapporo to visit Little Rock for two weeks to tour schools and become acquainted with American culture. ... Tamura said Thursday that in making his decision to come to the United States, he was fearful of the violence that has been described in worldwide news reports. Such reports included the random murders of tourists in Florida and the shooting death last year of a Japanese exchange student in Louisiana. ... So far, Tamura said, he has not encountered any violence. ... Tamura said he also feared black Americans before he arrived in Arkansas, at least partly because of the depiction of blacks on television and in the movies. He said that in Japan virtually everyone is of the same race. While in Little Rock he has been a guest in the home of a black teacher at Gibbs International Studies Magnet Elementary School. He said his fears have been eliminated.

10 years ago

Oct. 8, 2008

• U. S. Senator Mark Pryor, D-Ark., doesn't need any more money. "I have instructed my fundraisers to no longer solicit funds for my re-election," Pryor wrote in an Oct. 2 mailer that some voters received in their mailboxes this week. "With your help and generosity, we have raised enough money for this race but that doesn't mean the campaign is over." He pointed out that he faces a "serious opponent" on the Nov. 4 general election ballot. ... She's Green Party candidate Rebekah Kennedy. Pryor's last campaign-finance report showed that he had raised $5.4 million and spent $1.9 million through June 30. ... "I think the fact that he's gathered several million dollars ought to be enough, especially when your opponent has gathered just $12,000," Kennedy said Tuesday.

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