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This Day in History

Posted: Sunday, May 25, 2008

In Alaska, in the Nation and the World

In Alaska

• In 1848, John 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 began meeting in Philadelphia after enough delegates had shown up for a quorum.

• 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, addressing Congress, called on 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 by Vice President Hubert Humphrey and Interior Secretary Stewart Udall.

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

• In 1979, 273 people died when an American Airlines DC-10 crashed on takeoff from Chicago's O'Hare airport.

• In 1986, an estimated 7 million Americans participated in "Hands Across America," forming a line across the country to raise money for the nation's hungry and homeless.

• In 2007, President Bush signed a bill to pay for military operations in Iraq that did not contain a timetable for troop withdrawals. Atlanta attorney Andrew Speaker, infected with drug-resistant tuberculosis, was quarantined by the federal government after returning from his European wedding and honeymoon.



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