This Day in History

Posted: Wednesday, October 26, 2005

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 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.

• 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.

• In 1972, national security adviser Henry Kissinger declared, "Peace is at hand" in Vietnam.

• In 1977, the experimental space shuttle Enterprise glided to a bumpy but successful landing at Edwards Air Force Base in California.

• In 1995, the House passed, 227-203, a Republican balanced-budget bill aimed at shrinking the federal government, cutting taxes and returning power to the states.

• In 2000, the New York Yankees became the first team in more than a quarter-century to win three straight World Series championships, beating the New York Mets 4-2 in game five of their "Subway Series." (The Yankees matched the Oakland Athletics' three in a row from 1972-74, and won their fourth title in five years.)

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