This Day in History

Posted: Tuesday, May 10, 2005

In Alaska

• In 1910, the schooner Lizzie S. Sorrenson, engaged in whaling in Southeast Alaska, was struck and sunk by a whale.

• In 1957, Mike Stepovich of Fairbanks was nominated by President Eisenhower to be the 15th governor of Alaska. He was the last territorial governor before statehood, taking office on April 8.

In the nation

• In 1775, Ethan Allen and his Green Mountain Boys captured the British-held fortress at Ticonderoga, N.Y.

• In 1865, Union forces captured Confederate President Jefferson Davis in Irwinville, Ga.

• In 1869, a golden spike was driven at Promontory, Utah, marking the completion of the first transcontinental railroad in the United States.

• In 1924, J. Edgar Hoover was given the job of FBI director.

• In 1994, the state of Illinois executed serial killer John Wayne Gacy for the murders of 33 young men and boys.

• In 1995, Terry Nichols was charged in the Oklahoma City bombing. Former President Bush's office released his letter of resignation from the National Rifle Association in which Bush expressed outrage over its reference to federal agents as "jack-booted government thugs."

• In 2000, high wind drove what began as a deliberately set fire into a New Mexico canyon, forcing the evacuation of the entire town of Los Alamos and its 11,000 residents. (The fire had been set to contain an earlier blaze intended to clear brush.)

• In 2004, President Bush reacted with "deep disgust and disbelief" during a Pentagon visit as he examined new photos and video clips of American soldiers abusing Iraqi prisoners. Citigroup agreed to pay $2.65 billion to settle a lawsuit brought by WorldCom investors who'd lost billions when the company went bankrupt in an accounting scandal.

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