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The past 100 years, April 12, 2019

April 13, 2019 GMT

From the Santa Fe New Mexican:

April 12, 1919: The wet and dry fight as far as the state of New Mexico is concerned is far from being settled. Though no effort is to be made to attack the state wide prohibition law, passed by the voters of the state, the ratification of the national prohibitory amendment by the fourth state legislature is under fire.

Jake Levy, as a result of conferences with the heads of the movement throughout the United States by the distillers and brewers to not only attack national prohibition through the courts but by referendums in some twenty states, has agreed to take charge of the effort to force a referendum in New Mexico and has already been at work for a week getting the preliminaries of the matter in shape for an active campaign.

April 12, 1994: In early 1945, when scientists at Los Alamos were feverishly working on the atomic bomb, the laboratory began handling 10 times more plutonium than it was equipped for, according to a 14-year-old document.

The need to finish building the bomb overrode worker safety considerations, Dr. Louis Hempelmann, leader of the health group at Los Alamos during World War II, said in a deposition taken on Jan. 25, 1980.