This Day in History

Posted: Friday, October 03, 2003

In Alaska

• In 1916, the new steel tower for the Marconi Wireless Co. was completed on the side of Mount Juneau.

• In 1929, George Parks was re-confirmed as governor of Alaska by the U.S. Senate. He was governor of the Territory of Alaska from 1925 until 1933, appointed by presidents Calvin Coolidge and Herbert Hoover.

• In 1959, just months after statehood, Alaskan House Majority Leader Peter Kalamarides said he thought the state capitol should be moved from Juneau.

• In 1969, over protests at home and abroad, the Atomic Energy Commission exploded a 1.2-megaton hydrogen bomb beneath Amchitka Island in the Aleutians. Two more such tests were also scheduled.

In the nation

• In 1863, President Lincoln declared the last Thursday in November Thanksgiving Day.

• In 1951, the New York Giants captured the National League pennant in game three by a score of 5-4 as third baseman Bobby Thomson hit a three-run homer off Brooklyn Dodgers pitcher Ralph Branca in the "shot heard 'round the world."

• In 1962, astronaut Wally Schirra blasted off from Cape Canaveral aboard the "Sigma Seven" on a nine-hour flight.

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