This Day in History

Posted: Thursday, May 25, 2006

In Alaska

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• 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 1976, U.S. Rep. Wayne L. Hays, D-Ohio, admitted to a "personal relationship" with Elizabeth Ray, a committee staff member who claimed she'd received her job in order to be Hays' mistress.

• In 1979, 275 people died when an American Airlines DC10 crashed on takeoff from Chicago's O'Hare airport.

• In 1996, President Clinton, honoring the men and women who died in military service, used his weekly radio address to defend America's global military role, saying it "is making our people safer and the world more secure."

• In 2001, a federal appeals court lifted an injunction on publication of "The Wind Done Gone," Alice Randall's satirical retelling of "Gone With the Wind" from a black viewpoint.

• In 2005, Texas Supreme Court Justice Priscilla Owen won Senate confirmation as a federal appeals judge after a ferocious four-year battle. The defense rested in the Michael Jackson child molestation trial without calling the pop star, who ended up being acquitted. Country sweetheart Carrie Underwood won the latest edition of "American Idol."

In the world

• In 1810, Argentina began its revolt against Spain.

• In 1895, playwright Oscar Wilde was convicted of a morals charge in London; he was sentenced to prison.

• In 1946, Transjordan (now Jordan) became a kingdom as it proclaimed its new monarch, King Abdullah Ibn Ul-Hussein.

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