This Day in History

Posted: Friday, September 24, 2004


• In 1794, eight monks from the Russian Orthodox Church reached Kodiak, founding their faith in North America.

• In 1917, the Katmai National Monument, in Southwestern Alaska, was established with a proclamation by President Woodrow Wilson.

• In 1924, a fire destroyed a large part of the business district of Tanana.

• In 1934, a single-engine biplane took off from Cordova in the first flight of Cordova Airlines.

• In 1949, Pan American World Airways resumed the world's longest aerial "milk run." Twice a week, it flew 2,191 miles from Seattle to Nome carrying 120 pounds of fresh milk for free distribution to Nome children.

In the nation

• In 1789, Congress passed the First Judiciary Act, which provided for an Attorney General and a Supreme Court.

• In 1869, thousands of businessmen were ruined in a Wall Street panic, after financiers Jay Gould and James Fisk attempted to corner the gold market.

• In 1896, author F. Scott Fitzgerald was born in St. Paul, Minn.

• In 1929, Lt. James H. Doolittle guided a Consolidated NY-2 Biplane over Mitchel Field in New York in the first all-instrument flight.

• In 1934, Babe Ruth made his farewell appearance as a regular player with the New York Yankees in a game against the Boston Red Sox. The Sox won, 5-0.

• In 1955, President Eisenhower suffered a heart attack while on vacation in Denver.

• In 1957, the Brooklyn Dodgers played their last game at Ebbets Field, defeating the Pittsburgh Pirates 2-0.

• In 1960, the USS Enterprise, the first nuclear-powered aircraft carrier, was launched at Newport News, Va.

• In 1964, the situation comedy "The Munsters" premiered on CBS television.

• In 1999, Oregon teenager Kip Kinkel, who killed his parents and gunned down two classmates at school, abandoned an insanity defense and pleaded guilty to murder. He was later sentenced to 112 years without parole.

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