This Day in History

Posted: Tuesday, September 27, 2005

In Alaska

• In 1947, two Chicago men reported finding a 600-pound jade nugget in the Shungnak River, a tributary of the Kobuk.

• In 1949, a fire destroyed the Ice Pool Tavern in Nenana as well as power lines, throwing the entire town into darkness.

• In 1957, Richfield Oil Co.'s Kenai Peninsula discovery well was completed, pumping 900 barrels a day.

• In 1959, the Alaska Steamship Co. freighter Illiamna reported that a fire had destroyed 11 automobiles in one of its holds while it was crossing the Gulf of Alaska.

In the nation

• In 1779, John Adams was named to negotiate the Revolutionary War's peace terms with Britain.

• In 1854, the first great disaster involving an Atlantic Ocean liner occurred when the steamship Arctic sank with 300 people aboard.

• In 1928, the United States said it was recognizing the Nationalist Chinese government.

• In 1942, Glenn Miller and his Orchestra performed together for the last time, at the Central Theater in Passaic, N.J., prior to Miller's entry into the Army.

• In 1964, the Warren Commission issued a report concluding that Lee Harvey Oswald had acted alone in assassinating President Kennedy.

• In 1979, Congress gave final approval to forming the Department of Education, the 13th Cabinet agency in U.S. history.

• In 1989, Columbia Pictures Entertainment Inc. agreed to a $3.4 billion cash buyout by Sony Corp.

• In 1994, more than 350 Republican congressional candidates gathered on the steps of the U.S. Capitol to sign the "Contract with America," a 10-point platform they pledged to enact if voters sent a GOP majority to the House.

• In 1995, at the O.J. Simpson trial, the prosecution and defense presented dueling summations. The government unveiled its redesigned $100 bill, featuring a larger, off-center portrait of Benjamin Franklin.

• In 2000, in Sydney, Australia, the U.S. Olympic baseball team beat Cuba 4-0 to capture its first baseball gold medal.

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