This Day in History

Posted: Friday, October 05, 2007

In Alaska

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• In 1913, damage at Nome caused by wind and high water from the Bering Sea was estimated at $1 million.

• In 1942, the Excursion Inlet Army Post northwest of Juneau was activated with five officers and 218 enlisted men.

• In 1959, Theodore J. Norby of San Rafael, Calif., was the first person named to the $17,000 a year position of state commissioner of education.

• In 1979, most of the Prudhoe Bay oil field was shut down as 50 mph winds, dust, and rain combined to short out the central power system. The outage lasted 17 hours. The North Pacific Management Council voted to phase out Japanese tanner crab fishing in the Bering Sea by 1981.

In the nation

• In 1892, the Dalton Gang, notorious for its train robberies, was practically wiped out while attempting to rob a pair of banks in Coffeyville, Kan.

• In 1921, the World Series was broadcast on radio for the first time. (By series' end, the New York Giants had beaten the New York Yankees 5-3 in the best-of-nine contest.)

• In 1937, President Roosevelt, speaking in Chicago, called for a "quarantine" of aggressor nations.

• In 1947, President Truman delivered the first televised White House address. (Speaking about a world food crisis, Truman called on Americans to refrain from eating meat on Tuesdays and poultry as well as eggs on Thursdays.)

• In 1953, Earl Warren was sworn in as the 14th chief justice of the United States, succeeding Fred M. Vinson.

• In 1955, a stage adaptation of "The Diary of Anne Frank" by Frances Goodrich and Albert Hackett opened at the Cort Theatre in New York.

• In 1981, President Reagan signed a resolution granting honorary American citizenship to Swedish diplomat Raoul Wallenberg, credited with saving thousands of Hungarians, most of them Jews, from the Nazis during World War II.

• In 1988, Democrat Lloyd Bentsen lambasted Republican Dan Quayle during their vice-presidential debate, telling Quayle, "Senator, you're no Jack Kennedy."

• In 1997, the White House released videotapes of President Clinton greeting supporters at 44 coffee klatches; Republicans seized on the tapes as proof that Clinton had raised campaign donations at the White House in violation of the law.

• In 2002, addressing police and National Guardsmen in New Hampshire, President Bush warned that Saddam Hussein could strike without notice and inflict "massive and sudden horror" on America.

• In 2006, the House ethics committee opened an expansive investigation into the unfolding congressional page sex scandal that resulted in the resignation of U.S. Rep. Mark Foley, R-Fla.

In the world

• In 1931, Clyde Pangborn and Hugh Herndon completed the first nonstop flight across the Pacific Ocean, arriving in Washington state some 41 hours after leaving Japan.

• In 1986, American Eugene Hasenfus was captured by Sandinista soldiers after the weapons plane he was flying in was shot down over southern Nicaragua.


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