This Day in History

Posted: Sunday, October 26, 2003

In Alaska

• In 1882, the U.S. Navy shelled the Southeast community of Angoon.

• In 1909, Alfred P. Swineford, who had been Alaska's second governor, died in Juneau.

• In 1973, the Carlanna Lake Dam ruptured, causing an estimated $2.2 million water damage in Ketchikan.

• In 1974, the Teamster Mall in Anchorage officially opened.

• In 1975, King Olaf the Fifth of Norway arrived in Anchorage. Alaska was his last stop on an American tour.

In the nation

• In 1774, the First Continental Congress adjourned in Philadelphia.

• In 1825, the Erie Canal opened in upstate New York, connecting Lake Erie and the Hudson River.

• In 1881, the gunfight at the OK Corral took place in Tombstone, Ariz., as Wyatt Earp, his two brothers, and "Doc" Holliday confronted Ike Clanton's gang. Three members of Clanton's gang were killed; Earp's brothers were wounded.

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