This Day in History

Posted: Sunday, October 02, 2005

In Alaska

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

• In 1906, the office of the U.S. surveyor general was moved from Sitka to Juneau.

• In 1969, Interior Secretary Walter Hickel OK'd the right-of-way request for the $900 million trans-Alaska oil pipeline.

• In 1979, Ray Genet, the famous mountain guide from Talkeetna, nicknamed "The Pirate," died on Mount Everest after successfully reaching the summit.

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 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 1975, President Ford welcomed Japan's Emperor Hirohito to the United States.

• In 1980, U.S. Rep. Michael "Ozzie" Myers, D-Pa., convicted of accepting a bribe in the FBI's ABSCAM sting operation, was expelled from the House, becoming the first congressman ousted by his colleagues since the outbreak of the Civil War.

• In 1995, O.J. Simpson's jurors stunned the courtroom and the nation by reaching verdicts in the sensational eight-month murder trial in less than four hours. (The decision was kept secret until the following day, when it was announced that Simpson had been acquitted.)

In the world

• In 1780, British spy John Andre was hanged in Tappan, N.Y.

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

• In 1944, Nazi troops crushed the 2-month-old Warsaw Uprising, during which a quarter of a million people were killed.

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

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