This Day in History

Posted: Tuesday, October 10, 2006

In Alaska

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• In 1886, the Kensington gold lode, north of Juneau, was discovered.

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

• In 1926, a major fire in Douglas burned the 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 1956, the New York Yankees won the World Series, defeating the Brooklyn Dodgers, 9-0, in Game 7 at Ebbets Field.

• 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 1996, President Clinton joined Vice President Gore in Knoxville, Tenn., where the president moved to broaden the sweep of the Internet at 100 universities, national labs and other federal institutions. Republican presidential nominee Bob Dole hosted a rally in Cincinnati that featured his running mate, Jack Kemp, and retired Gen. Colin Powell.

• In 2001, President Bush unveiled a list of 22 most-wanted terrorists, including Osama bin Laden and associates. U.S. Rep. Nancy Pelosi of California won the race for the No. 2 House Democratic leader.

• In 2005, President Bush dined in the French Quarter and stayed in a luxury hotel to showcase progress in hurricane-battered New Orleans.

In the world

• In 1911, revolutionaries under Sun Yat-sen launched their overthrow of 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 a week later.)

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

• In 2001, U.S. jets pounded the Afghan capital of Kabul. Americans George A. Akerlof, A. Michael Spence and Joseph E. Stiglitz won the Nobel Prize in economics; Americans William S. Knowles, K. Barry Sharpless and Japanese Ryoji Noyori won the Nobel Prize in chemistry.

• In 2005, Angela Merkel struck a power-sharing deal that made her the first woman and politician from the ex-communist east to serve as Germany's chancellor. Israeli-American Robert J. Aumann and Thomas C. Schelling of the U.S. won the Nobel Memorial Prize for economics.

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