This Day in History

Posted: Wednesday, September 27, 2006

In Alaska

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

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

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

• In 1959, the Alaska Steamship Company freighter Illiamna reported that a fire on board 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 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 1943, Bing Crosby, the Andrews Sisters and the Vic Schoen Orchestra recorded "Pistol Packin' Mama" and "Jingle Bells" for Decca Records.

• In 1954, "Tonight!" hosted by Steve Allen, made its debut on NBC TV.

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

• In 1991, President George H.W. Bush announced in a nationally broadcast address that he was eliminating all U.S. battlefield nuclear weapons, and called on the Soviet Union to match the gesture.

• 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 2001, President Bush asked the nation's governors to post National Guard troops at airports as a first step toward federal control of airline security.

• In 2005, former FEMA director Michael Brown angrily blamed the Louisiana governor, the New Orleans mayor and even the Bush White House that appointed him for the dismal response to Hurricane Katrina in a fiery appearance before Congress; in response, lawmakers alternately lambasted and mocked the former official. New Orleans Police Superintendent Eddie Compass stepped down from his post four weeks after Hurricane Katrina destroyed the city. Army reservist Lynndie England was sentenced to three years behind bars for her role in the Abu Ghraib prison scandal.

In the world

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

• In 1939, Warsaw, Poland, surrendered after weeks of resistance to invading forces from Nazi Germany and the Soviet Union during World War II.

• In 1996, in Afghanistan, the Taliban, a band of former seminary students, drove the government of President Burhanuddin Rabbani out of Kabul, captured the capital and executed former leader Najibullah.

• In 2001, an armed man went on a shooting rampage in the local parliament of Zug, Switzerland, killing 14 people before taking his own life.

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