This Day in History

Posted: Monday, October 11, 2004

In Alaska

• In 1909, the Golden Gate Hotel in Fairbanks was gutted by fire.

• In 1954, Carr's, then Alaska's largest grocery store, opened its doors, as did the rest of the J.C. Morris Trading Center at 14th and Gambell Streets in Anchorage. Six Anchorage prospectors reported Alaska's first uranium strike at Shirley Lake, 100 miles northwest of Anchorage.

• In 1975, the Yukon River Bridge was completed.

• In 1980, the cruise ship Princendam sank in the Gulf of Alaska.

• In 1986, the city of Seward was devastated by floods.

In the nation

• In 1779, Polish nobleman Casimir Pulaski, fighting for American independence, died two days after being mortally wounded in the Revolutionary War Battle of Savannah, Ga.

• In 1811, the first steam-powered ferryboat, the Juliana, was put into operation between New York City and Hoboken, N.J.

• In 1890, the Daughters of the American Revolution was founded in Washington, D.C.

• In 1932, the first American political telecast took place as the Democratic National Committee sponsored a program from a CBS television studio in New York.

• In 1958, the lunar probe Pioneer One was launched. It failed to go as far out as planned, fell back to Earth, and burned up in the atmosphere.

• In 1968, Apollo 7, the first manned Apollo mission, was launched with astronauts Wally Schirra, Donn Fulton Eisele and R. Walter Cunningham aboard.

• In 1979, Allan McLeod Cormack and Godfrey Newbold Hounsfield were named co-recipients of the Nobel Prize for Medicine for their work in developing the CAT scan X-ray.

• In 1984, 20 years ago, space shuttle Challenger astronaut Kathy Sullivan became the first American woman to walk in space.

• In 1994, the Colorado Supreme Court declared the state's anti-gay rights measure unconstitutional.

• In 2002, former President Jimmy Carter won the Nobel Peace Prize.

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