This Day in History

Posted: Monday, October 04, 2004

In Alaska

• In 1876, "Klondike Kate" Rockwell was born.

• In 1880, Joe Juneau and Richard Harris staked the first mining claims in Silver Bow Basin in Juneau.

• In 1943, the Alaska Glacier Seafood Company plant in Petersburg was destroyed by fire.

• In 1969, work stopped on Juneau's $50 million Snettisham Power Project after the Army Corps of Engineers ran out of money to let additional contracts.

In the nation

• In 1777, George Washington's troops launched an assault on the British at Germantown, Pa., resulting in heavy American casualties.

• In 1822, the 19th president of the United States, Rutherford B. Hayes, was born in Delaware, Ohio.

• In 1895, the first U.S. Open golf tournament was held, at the Newport Country Club in Rhode Island.

• In 1931, the comic strip "Dick Tracy," created by Chester Gould, made its debut.

• In 1957, the television series "Leave It to Beaver" premiered on CBS.

• In 1970, rock singer Janis Joplin, 27, was found dead in her Hollywood hotel room.

• In 1976, Agriculture Secretary Earl Butz resigned in the wake of a controversy over a joke he'd made about blacks.

• In 1994, President Clinton welcomed South African President Nelson Mandela to the White House.

• In 1999, an Illinois jury ordered State Farm to pay $456 million to 4.7 million customers in a lawsuit accusing the nation's largest car insurer of using inferior parts for auto body repairs. Four days later, the judge ruled State Farm had committed fraud, and awarded $730 million in actual and punitive damages on top of the jury verdict. A state appeals court upheld the ruling, but struck down $130 million in damages. State Farm is appealing.

In the world

• In 1957, the Space Age began as the Soviet Union launched Sputnik 1, the first man-made satellite, into orbit.

• In 1940, Adolf Hitler and Benito Mussolini conferred at Brenner Pass in the Alps.

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