This Day in History

Posted: Tuesday, October 26, 2004

In Alaska

• In 1882, the U.S. Navy shelled the Southeast Alaska 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 in 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 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.

• In 1942, the U.S. ship Hornet was sunk in the Battle of Santa Cruz Islands during World War II.

• In 1958, Pan American Airways flew its first Boeing 707 jetliner from New York to Paris in eight hours and 41 minutes.

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