This Day in History

Posted: Monday, September 11, 2006

In Alaska

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• In 1865, Wilford B. Hoggatt, who became the sixth Governor of the District of Alaska, was born in Indiana.

• In 1979, a patrol plane used by Rangers at the Wrangell-St. Elias National Monument was destroyed by fire. Arson was suspected.

In the nation

• In 1789, Alexander Hamilton was appointed the first U.S. Secretary of the Treasury.

• In 1814, an American fleet scored a decisive victory over the British in the Battle of Lake Champlain in the War of 1812.

• In 1941, Charles A. Lindbergh sparked charges of anti-Semitism with a speech in which he said "the British, the Jewish and the Roosevelt administration" were trying to draw the United States into World War II.

• In 1974, an Eastern Airlines DC-9 crashed during a landing attempt in Charlotte, N.C., killing 71 of the people on board.

• In 1985, Pete Rose of the Cincinnati Reds cracked career hit number 4,192 off Eric Show of the San Diego Padres, eclipsing the record held by Ty Cobb.

• In 1996, two top officials with the Health and Human Services Department resigned over President Clinton's signing of the Republican welfare overhaul bill (another official had resigned the month before).

• In 2001, in the single worst act of terrorism committed on U.S. soil, nearly 3,000 people died when two hijacked jetliners crashed into New York's World Trade Center, causing the twin towers to fall, a commandeered jetliner smashed into the Pentagon and a fourth hijacked plane crashed in western Pennsylvania.

• In 2005, weeping relatives marked the fourth anniversary of the Sept. 11 attack with prayers, solemn remembrances and heartfelt messages at the site where the World Trade Center collapsed. Roger Federer blew away Andre Agassi 6-3, 2-6, 7-6 (1), 6-1 to capture a second straight U.S. Open and sixth Grand Slam title.

In the world

• In 1962, the Beatles made their first record for EMI, "Love Me Do" and "P.S. I Love You," at EMI studios in London.

• In 1972, the troubled Munich Summer Olympics ended.

• In 1985, a U.S. satellite glided through the tail of the Giacobini-Zinner comet in the first on-the-spot sampling of a comet.

• In 1996, Hurricane Hortense continued churning its way through the Caribbean.

• In 2005, Japanese voters handed Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi's ruling coalition a landslide victory in elections for the lower house of parliament.

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