This Day in History

Posted: Wednesday, May 25, 2005

In Alaska

• In 1848, John G. Brady, the fifth governor of the district of Alaska, was born in New York City.

• In 1949, Father Bernard Hubbard, "The Glacier Priest," received the First Annual Globetrotter Award from the World Geographical Society for his film, "Trailer Tour of Alaska."

In the nation

• In 1787, the Constitutional Convention was convened in Philadelphia after enough delegates had shown up for a quorum.

• In 1844, the first telegraphed news dispatch, sent from Washington, D.C., to Baltimore, appeared in the Baltimore Patriot.

• In 1935, Babe Ruth hit the 714th and final home run of his career for the Boston Braves, in a game against the Pittsburgh Pirates.

• In 1961, President Kennedy asked the nation to work toward putting a man on the moon by the end of the decade.

• In 1968, the Gateway Arch, part of the Jefferson National Expansion Memorial in St. Louis, was dedicated.

• In 1979, 275 people died when an American Airlines DC-10 crashed on takeoff from Chicago's O'Hare Airport.

• In 2000, the government proposed a rating system telling consumers how prone vehicles are to rolling over.

• In 2004, the Boston Archdiocese said it would close 65 of 357 parishes, an offshoot of the clergy sex abuse scandal.

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