This Day in History

Posted: Thursday, August 26, 2004

In Alaska

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

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

• In 1974, Charles Lindbergh - the first man to fly solo, non-stop across the Atlantic - died at his home in Hawaii at age 72.

• In 1986, in the so-called "preppie murder" case, 18-year-old Jennifer Levin was found strangled in New York's Central Park. Robert Chambers later pleaded guilty to manslaughter.

• In 1994, Congressional leaders and White House officials all but conceded that a health reform bill was dead for the year.

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

• In 1972, the summer Olympics games 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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