This Day in History

Posted: Friday, May 27, 2005

In Alaska

• In 1905, the steamboat White Seal was launched at Fairbanks. It was the first registered vessel to be built on the Tanana River.

• In 1935, the flu epidemic in Barrow was reported practically over after 18 villagers died.

In the nation

• In 1896, 255 people were killed when a tornado struck St. Louis and East St. Louis, Ill.

• In 1933, Walt Disney's Academy Award-winning animated short "The Three Little Pigs" was released.

• In 1937, the newly completed Golden Gate Bridge connecting San Francisco and Marin County, Calif., was opened to the public.

• In 1941, amid rising world tensions, President Roosevelt proclaimed an "unlimited national emergency."

• In 1995, actor Christopher Reeve was left paralyzed when he was thrown from his horse.

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