This Day in History

Posted: Sunday, October 03, 2004

In Alaska

• In 1904, the submarine telegraph cable between Sitka and Valdez was completed.

• In 1916, the new steel tower for the Marconi Wireless Company 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 1934, the Nome Common Council approved a replat of the 6-acre downtown area that had been leveled by fire two weeks earlier. The Council widened Front Street and moved it about 25 feet farther from the beach.

• In 1959, just months after statehood, Alaskan House Majority Leader Peter Kalamarides said he felt the state capital 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. The State of Alaska's two-level parking garage opened up in Juneau with a net gain of 30 parking spaces at a cost of $345,708 ($11,523 per space).

In the nation

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

• In 1942, President Franklin D. Roosevelt established the Office of Economic Stabilization.

• 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 the Brooklyn Dodgers' Ralph Branca in the "shot heard 'round the world."

• In 1952, the situation comedy "Our Miss Brooks," formerly a radio show, premiered on CBS-TV with Eve Arden again in the title role.

• In 1962, astronaut Wally Schirra blasted off from Cape Canaveral aboard the Sigma 7 on a nine-hour flight.

• In 1994, Agriculture Secretary Mike Espy announced his resignation because of questions about gifts he'd received.

In the world

• In 1226, St. Francis of Assisi, founder of the Franciscan order, died. He was canonized in 1228.

• In 1929, the Kingdom of Serbs, Croats and Slovenes formally changed its name to the Kingdom of Yugoslavia.

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