This Day in History

Posted: Wednesday, September 28, 2005

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 of Alaska. The last such transfer was in 1974.

In the nation

• In 1781, American forces in the Revolutionary War, backed by a French fleet, began their siege of Yorktown Heights, Va.

• In 1787, Congress voted to send the just-completed Constitution of the United States to state legislatures for their approval.

• In 1850, flogging was abolished as a form of punishment in the U.S. Navy.

• In 1924, two U.S. Army planes landed in Seattle, having completed the first round-the-world flight in 175 days.

• In 1974, first lady Betty Ford underwent a mastectomy at Bethesda Naval Medical Center in Maryland, following discovery of a cancerous lump in her breast.

• In 2000, capping a 12-year battle, the government approved use of the abortion pill RU-486.

• In 2004, an earthquake measuring magnitude 6.0 rocked central California.

In the world

• In 1066, William the Conqueror invaded England to claim the English throne.

• In 1542, Portuguese navigator Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo arrived at present-day San Diego.

• In 1939, during World War II, Germany and the Soviet Union agreed on a plan to partition Poland.

• In 1994, more than 900 people died when an Estonian ferry capsized and sank in the Baltic sea.

• In 1995, Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin and PLO chairman Yasser Arafat signed an accord to transfer much of the West Bank to the control of its Arab residents.

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