This Day in History

Posted: Monday, October 10, 2005

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 1995, University of Chicago professor Robert E. Lucas won the Nobel Prize in economics for demonstrating how people's fears and expectations can frustrate policymakers' efforts to shape the economy.

• In 2000, Jo Myong Rok, the highest-level North Korean official to visit Washington to date, met with President Clinton at the White House.

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.

• In 1985, U.S. fighter jets forced an Egyptian plane carrying the hijackers of the Italian cruise ship Achille Lauro to land in Italy, where the gunmen were taken into custody.

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