This Day in History

Posted: Thursday, September 25, 2003

In Alaska

• In 1907, a battle took place in Keystone Canyon near Valdez over a railroad right-of-way.

• In 1910, the Copper River and Northwestern Railway link to Chitna was established. Railroad Day was celebrated in succeeding years.

• In 1932, the Russell Hyde Merrill memorial beacon was dedicated in Anchorage.

• In 1969, a rupture of a rubberized oil storage bladder at Prudhoe Bay spilled 20,000 gallons of jet fuel onto the rime ice over the bay. A protective dike around the oil storage area was still under construction.

In the nation

• In 1690, one of the earliest American newspapers, Publick Occurrences, published its first and last edition in Boston.

• In 1789, the first U.S. Congress adopted 12 amendments to the Constitution and sent them to the states for ratification. Ten of the amendments became the Bill of Rights.

• In 1890, President Benjamin Harrison signed a measure establishing Sequoia National Park. Wilford Woodruff, president of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, issued a Manifesto formally renouncing the practice of polygamy.

• In 1957, with 300 U.S. Army troops standing guard, nine black children forced to withdraw from Central High School in Little Rock, Ark., because of unruly white crowds were escorted to class.

• In 1973, the three-man crew of the U.S. space laboratory Skylab 2 splashed down safely in the Pacific Ocean after spending 59 days in orbit.

• In 1978, 144 people were killed when a Pacific Southwest Airlines Boeing 727 and a private plane collided over San Diego.

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