In 1866, Charles E. Ingersoll, a member of the first Territorial Legislature, was born in Massachusetts.
In 1949, a gold rush was on as reports arrived of pea-sized nuggets found on the Yukon River, 160 miles north of Fairbanks. It was known as the Fishwheel Strike. (see Oct. 28)
In 1959, A. W. Boddy, the Executive Director of the Alaska Sportsmen's Council, endorsed a Department of the Interior proposal to create a 9-million acre wildlife preserve in Northeastern Alaska as "a chance to preserve for future generations a substantial piece of arctic country, essentially undisturbed."
In 1969, two members of the U.S. House Interior Committee expressed their indignation concerning work already performed along the route of the Trans-Alaska Pipeline before right-of-way permits had been awarded.
In 1974, the Snettisham Hydroelectric Project near Juneau won the coveted "Army Chief of Engineers Distinguished Design Award for Engineering."
In the nation
In 1746, Princeton University in New Jersey received its charter.
In 1836, Sam Houston was inaugurated as the first constitutionally elected president of the Republic of Texas.
In 1883, the original Metropolitan Opera House in New York held its grand opening with a performance of Gounod's "Faust."
In 1928, Republican presidential nominee Herbert Hoover spoke of the "American system of rugged individualism" in a speech at New York's Madison Square Garden.
In 1934, bank robber Charles "Pretty Boy" Floyd was shot to death by federal agents at a farm in East Liverpool, Ohio.
In 1968, Apollo 7 returned safely, splashing down in the Atlantic Ocean.
In 1994, President Clinton, campaigning in San Francisco for California Democrats, demanded that schools expel gun-toting students after earlier accusing Republicans of plotting to gut his education package.