This Day in History

Posted: Friday, October 06, 2006

In Alaska

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• In 1869, the Fort Wrangel Post Office was established.

• In 1904, the first telegraph message was sent between Sitka and Valdez via a new submarine cable.

• In 1947, a record price of $57.92 each was set at a St. Louis auction for government-owned seal skins from the Pribilof Islands.

• In 1959, 100,000 pounds of reindeer meat from Nunivak Island was in transit to markets in New York City, Washington, D.C., and Hawaii. George Byer was elected mayor of Anchorage.

• In 1979, the Dena'ina people of Kenai celebrated their first potlatch in 70 years. More than 300 people came. Potlatches were stopped by the Russian Orthodox Church in 1907.

In the nation

• In 1884, the Naval War College was established in Newport, R.I.

• In 1927, the era of talking pictures arrived with the opening of "The Jazz Singer," a movie starring Al Jolson which featured both silent and sound-synchronized scenes.

• In 1949, President Truman signed the Mutual Defense Assistance Act, totaling $1.3 billion in military aid to NATO countries. American-born Iva Toguri D'Aquino, convicted of treason for being Japanese wartime broadcaster "Tokyo Rose," was sentenced in San Francisco to 10 years in prison and fined $10,000. (She ended up serving more than six years.)

• In 1976, in his second debate with Jimmy Carter, President Ford asserted there was "no Soviet domination of eastern Europe." (Ford later conceded he'd misspoken.)

• In 1996, President Clinton and Bob Dole clashed vigorously over taxes, trustworthiness and spending priorities in a prime-time debate in Hartford, Conn.

• In 2001, Cal Ripken played his last game in the major leagues as his Baltimore Orioles lost to the visiting Boston Red Sox, 5-1.

In the world

• In 1889, the Moulin Rouge in Paris first opened its doors to the public.

• In 1973, war erupted in the Middle East as Egypt and Syria attacked Israel during the Yom Kippur holiday.

• In 1981, Egyptian President Anwar Sadat was shot to death by extremists while reviewing a military parade.

• In 2005, President Bush sought to rally flagging public support for the war in Iraq, accusing militants of seeking to establish a "radical Islamic empire" with Iraq as the base.

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