This Day in History

Posted: Friday, October 22, 2004


• 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.

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