This Day in History

Posted: Thursday, October 21, 2004

In Alaska

• In 1899, a two-day storm wrought havoc along Nome's waterfront, scattering wreckage along miles of shore. Lumber for the hospital was recovered, but the only remains of the whiskey shipment were empty cases.

• In 1904, the Dillingham Post Office was established, with Russell Bates as postmaster.

• In 1954, the Federal Communications Commission granted permission to AT&T to build twin underwater communications cables between Port Angeles, Washington and Ketchikan at a cost of about $13 million.

• In 1973, Angoon residents approved the acceptance of $90,000 in U.S. reparations for the bombardment of the Southeast Alaska village by the U.S. Revenue Cutter Corwin in October of 1882.

In the nation

• In 1879, Thomas Edison invented a workable electric light at his lab in Menlo Park, N.J.

• In 1797, the U.S. Navy frigate Constitution, also known as "Old Ironsides," was launched in Boston's harbor.

• In 1959, the Guggenheim Museum in New York opened to the public.

• In 1967, tens of thousands of Vietnam War protesters marched in Washington, D.C.

• In 2003, the Senate voted to ban the practice that critics call partial-birth abortion.

In the world

• In 1944, during World War II, U.S. troops captured the German city of Aachen.

• In 1945, women in France were allowed to vote for the first time.

• In 2003, the U.N. General Assembly overwhelmingly approved a resolution demanding that Israel tear down a barrier jutting into the West Bank.

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