This Day in History

Posted: Wednesday, October 25, 2006

In Alaska

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• 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 1939, the drama "The Time of Your Life," by William Saroyan, opened in New York.

• In 1986, in Game 6 of the World Series, the Boston Red Sox lost to the New York Mets 6-5 on a wild pitch and an error in the tenth inning, forcing a seventh game, which the Mets ended up winning.

• In 1996, Federal judge Richard Matsch granted Oklahoma City bombing defendants Timothy McVeigh and Terry Nichols separate trials.

• In 2001, a day after the House signed on, the Senate sent President Bush the USA Patriot Act, a package of anti-terror measures giving police sweeping new powers to search people's homes and business records secretly and to eavesdrop on telephone and computer conversations. Ford Motor Co. settled one of the industry's biggest auto defect cases, agreeing to pay for repairs on millions of cars and trucks with an ignition-system flaw that could cause the vehicles to stall in traffic.

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

• In 2005, in the World Series, the Chicago White Sox and the Houston Astros began playing Game 3, which turned into a 14-inning marathon that did not end until well after midnight with Chicago winning 7-5.

In the world

• 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 during the Battle of Balaclava and suffered heavy losses.

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

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