In Alaska, in the Nation and the World
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In 1865, Sydney Laurence, Alaska's most famous artist, was born in Brooklyn, N.Y. He lived until 1940.
In 1969, an Anchorage man found a leak in his kitchen roof. It was caused by a box of aircraft machine tools that fell from a plane and created a three-foot hole in his roof.
In 1964, the Anchorage City Council appointed a 28-person committee to put together a bid for the 1972 Winter Olympics.
In the nation
In 1912, Theodore Roosevelt, campaigning for the presidency, was shot in the chest in Milwaukee. Despite the wound, he went ahead with a scheduled speech.
In 1947, Air Force test pilot Charles Yeager broke the sound barrier as he flew the experimental Bell XS-1 rocket plane over Muroc Dry Lake in California.
In 1960, the idea of a Peace Corps was first suggested by Democratic presidential candidate John F. Kennedy to students at the University of Michigan.
In 1987, a real-life drama began in Midland, Texas, as 18-month-old Jessica McClure slid 22 feet down an abandoned well. Hundreds of rescuers worked 58 hours to free her.
In 1997, the Florida Marlins won the National League championship, defeating the Atlanta Braves 7-4 in Game 6.
In 2002, another shooting was linked to the Washington-area sniper attacks: FBI analyst Linda Franklin was killed in a mall parking lot in Falls Church, Va. President Bush called recent attacks in Kuwait, Indonesia and Yemen part of a grim pattern of terror, and said, "We've got a long way to go" to defeat Osama bin Laden's global network. The San Francisco Giants beat the St. Louis Cardinals 2-1 to win the National League Championship Series in five games.
In the world
In 1066, Normans under William the Conqueror defeated the English at the Battle of Hastings.
In 1586, Mary, Queen of Scots, went on trial in England, accused of committing treason against Queen Elizabeth I. Mary was beheaded in February 1587.
In 1806, the forces of French Emperor Napoleon I defeated the Prussians in the twin battles of Jena and Auerstadt.
In 1944, German Field Marshal Erwin Rommel committed suicide rather than face execution for allegedly conspiring against Adolf Hitler.
In 1968, the first successful live telecast from a manned U.S. spacecraft was transmitted from Apollo 7.