This Day in History

Posted: Sunday, August 28, 2005

In Alaska

• In 1893, James Sheakley took office in Sitka as the fourth governor of Alaska.

• In 1903, 200 passengers landed at Seward from the Santa Ana and the day became known as Founders Day.

• In 1904, the Seattle-Sitka submarine telegraph cable of the Army Signal Corps was completed.

• In 1959, Gov. William Egan announced plans to build a road connection to Southeast Alaska via the Stikine River.

• In 1959, loud blasts and mushroom clouds over Fort Richardson were only simulated nuclear explosions made with TNT as part of a troop training exercise.

• In 1959, Mount Redoubt, the highest mountain in the Aleutians, was climbed for the first time by Jon Gardey, Eugene Wescott, Charles Deehr and Findley Dennel.

• In 1959, Mrs. A.A. Helda's 40-pound cabbage, an attraction for Anchorage tour buses, was stolen from her garden.

• In 1970, the formation of the Alyeska Pipeline Service Co., to build and operate the trans-Alaska oil pipeline, was formally announced by a consortium of oil companies. Those companies were Atlantic-Richfield, British Petroleum, Humble Oil & Refining, Mobil Oil, Phillips Petroleum, Union Oil, Amerada-Hess and Home Oil.

• In 1971, the Russian Orthodox Church of the Assumption of the Virgin Mary, in Kenai, was dedicated as a National Historic Landmark.

In the nation

• In 1609, Henry Hudson discovered Delaware Bay.

• In 1917, 10 suffragists were arrested as they picketed the White House.

• In 1955, Emmett Till, a black teenager from Chicago, was abducted from his uncle's home in Money, Miss., by two white men after he had supposedly whistled at a white woman. He was found brutally murdered three days later. (Two men charged with Till's murder - Roy Bryant and J.W. Milam - were acquitted at trial. They later confessed in a magazine article to beating and shooting Till.)

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