This Day in History

Posted: Tuesday, August 26, 2003

In Alaska

• In 1954, 23 passengers and two crew members from a Northwest Orient Airlines plane were stricken by a sudden illness, filling up the Providence Hospital emergency room in Anchorage. The plane was flying from Manilla to Seattle.

• In 1958, the Statehood Act passed by the U.S Congress was approved by Alaska voters, 40,852 to 8,010.

• In 1977, the U.S. and Canada entered into formal negotiations seeking an agreement for a trans-Canada natural gas pipeline.

In the nation

• In 1920, the 19th amendment to the U.S. Constitution, guaranteeing American women the right to vote, was declared in effect.

• In 1939, the first televised major league baseball games - a double-header between the Cincinnati Reds and the Brooklyn Dodgers at Ebbets Field - were shown on experimental station W2XBS. The Reds won the first game, 5-2, the Dodgers the second, 6-1.

• In 1961, the official International Hockey Hall of Fame opened in Toronto.

• In 1964, President Johnson was nominated for a term of office at the Democratic national convention in Atlantic City, N.J.

• In 1985, 13-year-old AIDS patient Ryan White began "attending" classes at Western Middle School in Kokomo, Ind., via a telephone hook-up at his home. School officials had barred Ryan from attending classes in person.

• In 1993, Sheik Omar Abdel-Rahman and 14 co-defendants entered innocent pleas in federal court in New York, a day after their indictment on charges of conspiring to wage terrorism against the United States. Also, landlord Dorothea Puente was convicted in Monterey, Calif., of murdering three of her boardinghouse tenants. She was later sentenced to life without parole.

In the world

• In 55 B.C., Roman forces under Julius Caesar invaded Britain.

• In 1883, the island volcano Krakatoa began erupting with increasingly large explosions.

• In 1957, the Soviet Union announced it had successfully tested an intercontinental ballistic missile.

• In 1972, the Summer Olympics opened in Munich, West Germany.

• In 1978, Cardinal Albino Luciani of Venice was elected the 264th Pope of the Roman Catholic Church following the death of Paul VI. The new pontiff took the name Pope John Paul I.

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