This Day in History

Posted: Wednesday, October 12, 2005

In Alaska

• In 1903, the most precipitation ever recorded for Southeast Alaska in 24 hours was 15.2 inches in Angoon.

• In 1913, Benny Benson, who designed Alaska's state flag, was born.

• In 1939, the Presbyterian mission boat Princeton was wrecked in Lynn Canal, but no lives were lost.

• In 1948, by a vote of nearly 8-to-1 in the general election, Alaskans favored the gradual elimination of fish traps over a 10-year period.

• In 1948, after an overwhelming Democratic victory in the general election, Gov. Ernest Gruening predicted, "As Alaska goes, so goes the nation."

• In 1967, groundbreaking was held for Juneau-Douglas Community College.

In the nation

• In 1492 (old style calendar; Oct. 21 new style), Christopher Columbus arrived with his expedition in the present-day Bahamas.

• In 1915, former President Theodore Roosevelt criticized the concept of "hyphenated Americanism," referring to U.S. citizens who identified themselves by dual nationalities.

• In 1933, bank robber John Dillinger escaped from a jail in Allen County, Ohio, with the help of his gang, who killed the sheriff.

• In 1942, President Roosevelt delivered one of his so-called "fireside chats" in which he recommended the drafting of 18- and 19-year-old men.

• In 1973, President Nixon nominated House minority leader Gerald R. Ford of Michigan to succeed Spiro T. Agnew as vice president.

• In 2000, 17 sailors were killed in a suicide bomb attack on the U.S. destroyer Cole in Yemen.

• In 2004, a jury in Baton Rouge, La., took 80 minutes to find suspected serial killer Derrick Todd Lee guilty of first-degree murder in the death of 22-year-old Charlotte Murray Pace. (Lee was later sentenced to death for Pace's killing.)

In the world

• In 1915, English nurse Edith Cavell was executed by the Germans in occupied Belgium during World War I.

• In 1960, Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev disrupted a U.N. General Assembly session by pounding his desk with a shoe during a dispute.

• In 1964, the Soviet Union launched a Voskhod space capsule with a three-man crew on the first manned mission involving more than one crew member.

• In 1968, the summer Games of the 19th Olympiad officially opened in Mexico City.

• In 1995, after a 48-hour delay, the U.S.-brokered cease-fire in Bosnia-Herzegovina went into effect.

• In 2002, a bomb blamed on Islamic militants destroyed a nightclub on the Indonesian island of Bali, killing 202 people, many of them foreign tourists.

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