This Day in History

Posted: Friday, September 26, 2003

In Alaska

• In 1867, winds of hurricane force struck Sitka, causing great damage.

• In 1947, a 3-year-old boy who liked airplanes halted plane traffic at Merrill Field in Anchorage when he crawled onto the field after dark. He escaped injury.

In the nation

• In 1777, British troops occupied Philadelphia during the American Revolution.

• In 1789, Thomas Jefferson was appointed America's first secretary of state.

• In 1955, following word that President Dwight D. Eisenhower had suffered a heart attack, the New York Stock Exchange saw its worst price decline since 1929.

• In 1957, the musical "West Side Story" opened on Broadway.

• In 1960, the first televised debate between presidential candidates Richard M. Nixon and John F. Kennedy took place in Chicago.

• In 1993, eight people emerged from the glass dome of "Biosphere 2" in the Arizona desert after being sealed inside for two years in an experiment dogged by setbacks and controversy.

• In 1998, the nation's first march on cancer took place on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. Grammy-winning jazz singer Betty Carter died in New York at age 69.

• In 2002, WorldCom former controller David Myers pleaded guilty to securities fraud, saying he was told by "senior management" to falsify records in what became the largest corporate accounting scandal in U.S. history.

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