This Day in History

Posted: Friday, October 12, 2007

In Alaska

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

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

• In 1948, by a vote of nearly eight to one 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, a ground breaking was held for Juneau-Douglas Community College.

In the nation

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

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

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

• In 2006, the United States introduced a draft resolution in the U.N. Security Council to punish North Korea for its nuclear test. Madonna and Guy Ritchie took custody of David Banda, a 1-year-old boy from Malawi, and received preliminary approval from a judge to adopt him.

In the world

• In 1492, Christopher Columbus arrived with his expedition in the present-day Bahamas.

• 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 when a speaker criticized his country.

• In 1976, it was announced in China that Hua Guofeng had been named to succeed the late Mao Zedong as chairman of the Communist Party.

• In 1997, President Clinton opened his first trip to South America as he arrived in Venezuela.

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

• 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.

• In 2006, suspected Shiite militiamen broke into an Iraqi television station and gunned down 11 executives, producers and other staffers. Turkish novelist Orhan Pamuk won the Nobel prize in literature.

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