This Day in History

Posted: Thursday, September 28, 2006

In Alaska

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

• 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 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 1976, Muhammad Ali kept his world heavyweight boxing championship with a close 15-round decision over Ken Norton at New York's Yankee Stadium.

• In 1996, landmark legislation to crack down on illegal immigrants in the United States won House passage as part of a giant federal spending bill.

• In 2001, President Bush told reporters the United States was in "hot pursuit" of terrorists behind the Sept. 11 attacks.

• In 2005, House Majority Leader Tom DeLay was indicted by a Texas grand jury on a charge of conspiring to violate political fundraising laws. The U.S. Treasury unveiled the new $10 bill, featuring splashes of red, yellow and orange.

In the world

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

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

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

• In 1996, with the United States abstaining, the U.N. Security Council passed a resolution indirectly calling on Israel to close an archaeological tunnel in Jerusalem that had touched off fighting between Israelis and Palestinians.

• In 2001, the U.N. Security Council approved a sweeping resolution sponsored by the United States requiring all 189 U.N.-member nations to deny money, support and sanctuary to terrorists.

• In 2005, a woman disguised as a man slipped into a line of Iraqi army recruits and detonated explosives strapped to her body, killing at least six recruits in the first known suicide attack by a woman in Iraq's insurgency.

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