Today in History

Posted: Monday, October 20, 2003

In Alaska

• In 1903, a joint commission ruled in favor of the United States in a boundary dispute between the District of Alaska and Canada.

• In 1909, the Alaska Central Railroad was sold to Mr. Receiver Laberee.

• In 1930, a midget golf course opened on the second floor of the Goldstein Building in Juneau.

• In 1959, the city of Juneau proposed construction of a new state legislative and court building and offered to donate the land.

In the nation

• In 1803, the U.S. Senate ratified the Louisiana Purchase.

• In 1892, Chicago dedicated the World's Columbian Exposition.

• In 1947, the House Un-American Activities Committee opened hearings into alleged Communist influence and infiltration within the American motion picture industry.

• In 1964, the 31st president of the United States, Herbert Hoover, died in New York at age 90.

• In 1967, seven men were convicted in Meridian, Miss., of violating the civil rights of three murdered civil rights workers.

• In 1968, former first lady Jacqueline Kennedy married Greek shipping magnate Aristotle Onassis.

• In 1973, in the so-called "Saturday Night Massacre," special Watergate prosecutor Archibald Cox was dismissed and Attorney General Elliot L. Richardson and Deputy Attorney General William B. Ruckelshaus resigned.

• In 1977, three members of the rock group Lynyrd Skynyrd were killed in the crash of a chartered plane near McComb, Miss.

• In 1993, the Senate adopted a non-binding resolution saying Congress should give its approval before any U.S. troops were sent to enforce a Bosnian peace accord. Attorney General Janet Reno warned the television industry to limit violence in programs.

• In 1998, Jordan's King Hussein joined Mideast peace talks in Maryland at the invitation of Secretary of State Madeleine Albright. President Clinton named John Podesta as his chief of staff, replacing Erskine Bowles.

In the world

• In 1944, during World War II, General Douglas MacArthur stepped ashore at Leyte in the Philippines, two and a half years after he'd said, "I shall return."

• In 1973, the Sydney Opera House in Australia was officially opened by Queen Elizabeth II.

• In 2002, with a U.S. invasion looming, Iraqi President Saddam Hussein issued an amnesty decree releasing everyone from pickpockets to political prisoners from prison.

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