This Day in History

Posted: Friday, October 01, 2004

In Alaska

• In 1932, the Wrangell Institute, a boarding school for Alaska Natives, opened its doors.

• In 1939, Fairbanks radio station KFAR-AM went on the air for the first time as America's farthest north commercial radio station.

• In 1950, the Alaska Womens' Pioneer Home opened in Sitka.

• In 1952, radio station KJNO-AM signed on the air in Juneau.

• In 1962, the first edition of The Tundra Times rolled off the presses.

• In 1969, Gov. Keith Miller expressed his support for the planned nuclear blast on Amchitka Island, over widespread fear of a possible tsunami.

• In 1978, KTOO-TV signed on the air as the first public television station in Southeast Alaska.

In the nation

• In 1800, Spain ceded Louisiana to France in a secret treaty.

• In 1908, Henry Ford introduced the Model T automobile to the market.

• In 1961, Roger Maris of the New York Yankees hit his 61st home run during a 162-game season, compared to Babe Ruth's 60 home runs during a 154-game season.

• In 1962, Johnny Carson debuted as the regular host of NBC's "Tonight" show.

• In 1964, the Free Speech Movement was launched at the University of California at Berkeley.

• In 1971, Walt Disney World opened in Orlando, Fla.

• In 1994, National Hockey League team owners began a 103-day lockout of their players.

• In 2003, conservative commentator Rush Limbaugh resigned from his ESPN sports job after stirring controversy by suggesting Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Donovan McNabb was overrated because the media wanted to see a black quarterback succeed.

In the world

• In 1943, Allied forces captured Naples during World War II.

• In 1949, Communist Party Chairman Mao Tse-tung raised the first flag of the People's Republic of China during a ceremony in Beijing.

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