This Day in History

Posted: Thursday, October 02, 2003

In Alaska

• In 1903, telegraph service via submarine cable began between Juneau and Sitka.

• In 1969, Interior Secretary Walter Hickel approved the right-of-way request for the $900 million Trans-Alaska Pipeline.

In the nation

• In 1835, the first battle of the Texas Revolution took place as American settlers defeated a Mexican cavalry near the Guadalupe River.

• In 1890, comedian Groucho Marx was born in New York.

• In 1919, President Wilson suffered a stroke that left him partially paralyzed.

• In 1950, the comic strip "Peanuts," created by Charles M. Schulz, was first published in nine newspapers.

• In 1967, Thurgood Marshall was sworn in as an associate justice of the U.S. Supreme Court. He was the first black appointed to the nation's highest court.

• In 1985, actor Rock Hudson died at his home in Beverly Hills, Calif., at age 59, after a battle with AIDS.

• In 1990, the Senate voted 90-9 to confirm the nomination of Judge David H. Souter to the Supreme Court.

In the world

• In 1941, German armies began Operation "Typhoon" - an all-out drive against Moscow.

• In 1944, Nazi troops crushed the two-month-old Warsaw Uprising, during which a quarter-million people were killed.

• In 1958, the former French colony of Guinea in West Africa proclaimed its independence.

• In 1993, hundreds of opponents of Russian President Boris Yeltsin battled police in Moscow and set up burning barricades in the biggest clash of Russia's 12-day-old political crisis.

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