This Day in History

Posted: Tuesday, April 27, 2004

In Alaska

• In 1949, Anchorage set a 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.

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 2003, Kevin Millwood pitched a no-hitter to lead the Philadelphia Phillies over the San Francisco Giants 1-0.

In the world

• In 1509, Pope Julius II excommunicated the Italian state of Venice.

• In 1521, Portuguese explorer Ferdinand Magellan was killed by natives in the Philippines.

• In 1805, a force led by U.S. Marines captured the city of Derna, on the shores of Tripoli.

• In 1967, Expo '67 was officially opened in Montreal.

• In 1992, the new Federal Republic of Yugoslavia was proclaimed in Belgrade by the republic of Serbia and its lone ally, Montenegro.

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