This Day in History

Posted: Monday, October 25, 2004

In Alaska

• In 1929, for the first time in its history, Fairbanks had a uniformed police officer. Chief Tom Yeigh wore a new blue uniform with shoepacks to match.

• In 1941, the USS Juneau was launched at Kearny, N.J., and christened by Mrs. Harry Lucas, wife of Juneau's mayor. The ship was lost during World War II.

• In 1977, in the wake of the ban on bowhead whale hunting, the National Marine Fisheries Service announced that police patrols would be beefed up along Alaska's Arctic coast.

In the nation

• In 1929, former Interior Secretary Albert B. Fall was convicted of accepting a $100,000 bribe in connection with the Elk Hills Naval Oil Reserve in California.

• In 1994, Susan Smith, of Union, S.C., claimed that a black carjacker had driven off with her two young sons. Smith later confessed to drowning the children in a lake and was convicted of murder.

• In 1999, golfer Payne Stewart and five others were killed when their Learjet flew uncontrolled for four hours before crashing in South Dakota. Stewart was 42. Republican presidential candidate Pat Buchanan bolted the GOP to mount a bid for the Reform Party nomination.

• In 2002, U.S. Sen. Paul Wellstone, D-Minn., was killed in a plane crash in northern Minnesota, 11 days before the election.

• In 2003, to chants of "Impeach Bush," thousands of anti-war protesters rallied in the nation's capital and delivered a scathing critique of President Bush and his Iraq policy. The Florida Marlins won the World Series in Game 6 against the New York Yankees, 2-0. Trainer Richard Mandella won a record four races at the Breeders' Cup. Florida State's Bobby Bowden became the winningest coach in major college football history with his 339th victory as the Seminoles beat Wake Forest 48-24.

In the world

• In 1400, author Geoffrey Chaucer died in London.

• In 1760, Britain's King George III succeeded his late grandfather, George II.

• In 1854, the "Charge of the Light Brigade" took place during the Crimean War as an English brigade of more than 600 men, facing hopeless odds, charged the Russian army in the Battle of Balaclava and suffered heavy losses.

• In 1951, peace talks aimed at ending the Korean Conflict resumed in Panmunjom after 63 days.

• In 1962, U.S. ambassador Adlai E. Stevenson presented photographic evidence of Soviet missile bases in Cuba to the U.N. Security Council.



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