This Day in History

Posted: Thursday, October 02, 2008

In Alaska, in the Nation and the World

In Alaska

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

• 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 fought Mexican soldiers near the Guadalupe River; the Mexicans ended up withdrawing.

• In 1919, President Wilson suffered a stroke at the White House that left him partially paralyzed.

• In 1950, the comic strip "Peanuts," created by Charles M. Schulz, was syndicated to seven newspapers.

• In 1967, Thurgood Marshall was sworn in as an associate justice of the U.S. Supreme Court.

• In 1998, the House released 4,600 pages of evidence that meticulously detailed President Clinton's efforts to contain the Monica Lewinsky scandal as it erupted.

• In 2006, an armed milk truck driver took a group of girls hostage in an Amish schoolhouse in Nickel Mines, Pa., killing five of the girls and wounding five others before committing suicide.

• In 2003, the Los Angeles Times published allegations that California gubernatorial candidate Arnold Schwarzenegger had sexually harassed six women in the past; the actor acknowledged "bad behavior" on his part, and apologized. The House voted 281-142 to prohibit doctors from carrying out what abortion opponents called partial birth abortion.

• In 2007, Blackwater chairman Erik Prince, testifying before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, vigorously rejected charges that guards from his private security firm acted recklessly while protecting State Department personnel in Iraq and Afghanistan. Five workers were found dead 1,000 feet inside an empty underground water tunnel following a chemical fire at a Colorado hydroelectric plant. A federal jury in New York ordered the owners of the New York Knicks to pay $11.6 million to former team executive Anucha Browne Sanders, concluding she'd been sexually harassed and fired out of spite.

In the world

• In 1941, during World War II, German armies began an all-out drive against Moscow.

• In 1944, Nazi troops crushed the two-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.

• In 2003, South African J.M. Coetzee won the 2003 Nobel Prize for literature.

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