This Day in History

Posted: Sunday, October 10, 2004

In Alaska

• In 1886, the Kensington Gold Lode, north of Juneau, was discovered.

• In 1898, Placer gold was discovered on Porcupine Creek, a tributary of the Chilkat River near Haines.

• In 1926, a major fire in Douglas burned the entire eastern part of the town including the Native village.

In the nation

• In 1845, the U.S. Naval Academy opened in Annapolis, Md.

• In 1935, George Gershwin's opera "Porgy and Bess" opened on Broadway.

• In 1973, Vice President Spiro T. Agnew, accused of accepting bribes, pleaded no contest to one count of federal income tax evasion, and resigned his office.

• In 1978, President Carter signed a bill authorizing the Susan B. Anthony dollar.

• In 1994, Americans Alfred G. Gilman and Martin Rodbell won the Nobel Prize in medicine.

• In 1999, six college students getting out of their cars or walking along a highway on their way to a fraternity party at Texas A&M University were struck and killed by a pickup truck whose driver who had fallen asleep.

• In 2003, conservative commentator Rush Limbaugh announced during his syndicated radio show that he was addicted to painkillers and was checking into a rehab center.

In the world

• In 1911, revolutionaries under Sun Yat-sen overthrew China's Manchu dynasty.

• In 1938, Germany completed its annexation of Czechoslovakia's Sudetenland.

• In 1943, Chiang Kai-shek took the oath of office as president of China.

• In 1964, the 18th Summer Olympic Games opened in Tokyo.

• In 1970, Quebec Labor Minister Pierre Laporte was kidnapped by the Quebec Liberation Front, a militant separatist group. (Laporte's body was found about a week later.)

• In 1981, funeral services were held in Cairo for Egyptian leader Anwar Sadat, who had been assassinated by Muslim extremists.

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