This Day in History

Posted: Monday, September 22, 2003

In Alaska

• In 1898, the Discovery claim was staked on Anvil Creek, touching off the Nome Gold Rush.

In the nation

• In 1776, Nathan Hale was hanged as a spy by the British during the Revolutionary War.

• In 1862, President Lincoln issued the preliminary Emancipation Proclamation, declaring all slaves in rebel states should be free as of Jan. 1, 1863.

• In 1927, Gene Tunney successfully defended his heavyweight boxing title against Jack Dempsey in the famous "long-count" fight in Chicago.

• In 1975, Sara Jane Moore attempted to shoot President Ford outside a San Francisco hotel, but missed.

In the world

• In 1792, the French Republic was proclaimed.

• In 1949, the Soviet Union exploded its first atomic bomb.

• In 1980, the Persian Gulf conflict between Iran and Iraq erupted into full-scale war.

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