This Week in Sacramento History Nov. 5-11

Nov. 5, 1957: Republican Goodwin J. Knight announces he will run for U.S. Senate rather than seek re-election as governor. The move will avoid a primary fight with U.S. Sen. William F. Knowland, who has challenged Knight. President Dwight Eisenhower is thought to have pressured Knight to change his political plans.

Quote: "We know, scientifically, how to get to the moon right now, but it's a question of the amount of money involved in such a project at this time." -- Dan A. Kimball, Aerojet president, when asked if space travel to the moon could happen in the foreseeable future

Nov. 6, 1968: Vote-heavy Southern California counties assured Richard M. Nixon a presidential election victory in the state. California voters preferred Democrat Alan Cranston over Republican Max Rafferty, 52 percent to 47 percent, for U.S. Senate. The GOP won control of the California Assembly.

Quote: "This is a time which calls for the best in all men, a time for subduing partisan instincts, for renunciation of what might be an inclination to continue the bitterness which so sorely divided this nation this past year." -- Bee editorial following Richard M. Nixon's election as president

Nov. 7, 1984: With more than half the state's precincts reporting, it appears California voters have approved the state lottery and rejected Proposition 36, the Howard Jarvis property tax initiative. Gov. Deukmejian's redistricting proposal, which would have put the power to draw new legislative boundaries in the hands of eight retired judges, is also losing.

Quote: "The initiative process in California was designed by reformers to give ordinary citizens a check against the political power of big money. It has become an industry dominated by professional political technicians, big money interests and flimflam men." -- Bee editorial, calling for laws that would limit big-money influence in statewide ballot initiatives

Nov. 8, 1922: Early election returns indicate that Californians have again rejected a prohibition law. The Wright Act -- which would make the federal Volstead Act a state law -- is losing by a margin of almost two to one. Sacramento County voters also are disfavoring the anti-liquor measure by a two-to-one margin.

Quote: "Women voters in Missouri wanted to be shown why Senator (James A.) Reed had opposed woman suffrage, and he said he always considered a woman 'too fine a creature to throw into the rough and tumble of politics.' Was that a case of asking for bread and receiving taffy?" -- Bee editorial

Nov. 9, 1875: Six of the new one-horse cars for the City Railway Company arrive today. The others will be along by Nov. 13. The new cars are painted bright colors and are quite attractive. They will start running on the O Street route Monday when the terminus of the regular line is extended to 20th Street.

Quote: "If California were as densely populated as is the state of Massachusetts, it would have a population of 33,760,000 -- almost as many people as there are now in the United States. And with a proper system of irrigation and absence of land monopoly and water monopoly, it could support them all in affluence." -- Bee editorial

Nov. 10, 1916: With most of the votes counted, it appears Democratic President Woodrow Wilson has carried this traditionally Republican state in his re-election bid. Voters also elect Republican Gov. Hiram Johnson to the U.S. Senate and give majorities to Johnson partisans in both chambers of the legislature.

Quote: "And as that public opinion has expressed itself in very definite tones as very decidedly in favor of universal military service, even those who have had no faith in Woodrow Wilson's initiative or even sincerity on this subject have a hope that he will follow along thereon where public opinion points the way." -- Bee editorial

Nov. 11, 1949: Thousands come out to cheer the Armistice Day parade in Sacramento's business district. Veterans and soldiers currently serving march past the reviewing stand in City Plaza. Among the dignitaries are Gov. Earl Warren, Mayor Belle Cooledge, County Supervisors Chairman James Garlick, and a group of Gold Star Mothers.

Quote: "The objective set forth by Woodrow Wilson -- a world of free men living peacefully with each other -- has become even more vital and necessary with the advent of the atom bomb. Armistice Day calls for our leaders to continue their utmost endeavors to win a lasting peace, at the same time, however, keeping our nation strong ... ." -- Bee editorial