This Day In History

Posted: Sunday, September 28, 2003

In Alaska

• In 1930, E. J. "Stroller" White, longtime Alaska and Yukon newspaperman, died in Juneau.

• In 1947, an unknown traffic violator saved the lives of two Ketchikan policemen who were being overcome by carbon monoxide. The speeding car aroused the officers enough to get them out of their car. They collapsed but recovered in the hospital.

• In 1979, the U.S. Department of the Interior transferred ownership of 1.5 million acres of land to the state.

In the nation

• In 1955, Emmett Till, a black teenager from Chicago, was abducted from his uncle's home in Money, Miss., by two white men after he had supposedly whistled at a white woman; he was found brutally murdered three days later.

• In 1963, 200,000 people participated in a peaceful civil rights rally in Washington, where the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his "I Have a Dream" speech in front of the Lincoln Memorial.

• In 1968, police and anti-war demonstrators clashed in the streets of Chicago as the Democratic national convention nominated Hubert H. Humphrey for president.

• In 1981, John W. Hinckley Jr. pleaded innocent to charges of attempting to kill President Reagan. He was later acquitted by reason of insanity.

• In 1996, Democrats nominated President Clinton for a second term at their national convention in Chicago.

• In 1998, President Clinton, speaking in Oak Bluffs, Mass., said he'd become such an expert in asking forgiveness in recent days that it was now "burned in my bones." But he still stopped short of offering a direct apology for the Monica Lewinsky affair.

• In 2002, prosecutors indicted WorldCom's former chief financial officer, Scott Sullivan, and Buford Yates Jr., WorldCom's former director of general accounting.

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