This Day in History

Posted: Sunday, April 27, 2003

In Alaska

• In 1949, U.S. military officials announced plans for a permanent arctic equipment testing station at Big Delta. Anchorage set a new winter snowfall record of 104.3 inches.

• In 1958, a Juneau man drove away a young black bear by kicking it in the rump.

• In 1970, an apparent oil spill in Bristol Bay killed as many as 86,000 murres (a kind of seabird).

In the nation

• In 1822, the 18th president of the United States, Ulysses S. Grant, was born in Point Pleasant, Ohio.

• In 1865, the steamer Sultana exploded on the Mississippi River near Memphis, Tenn., killing more than 1,400 Union prisoners of war.

• In 1937, the nation's first Social Security checks were distributed.

• In 1973, during the Watergate scandal, acting FBI Director L. Patrick Gray resigned.

• In 1978, convicted Watergate defendant John D. Ehrlichman was released from an Arizona prison after serving 18 months.

• In 1982, the trial of John W. Hinckley, Jr., who had shot four people, including President Reagan, began in Washington. (The trial ended with Hinckley's acquittal by reason of insanity.)

• In 1993, after a hiatus of more than four months, Israeli and Arab delegates resumed Middle East peace talks in Washington D.C.

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