This Day in History

Posted: Monday, October 27, 2008

In Alaska

• In 1778, the expedition of Captain James Cook left Unalaska for the Hawaiian Islands, where Cook was killed.

• In 1936, the pipeline and bridges at the Sawmill Creek hydroelectric plant in Sitka were washed out.

• In 1982, the Aurora I telecommunications satellite was launched.

In the nation

• In 1787, the first of the Federalist Papers, a series of essays calling for ratification of the U.S. Constitution, was published in a New York newspaper.

• In 1904, the first rapid transit subway opened in New York City.

• In 1938, DuPont announced the invention of nylon.

• In 1977, U.S. President Jimmy Carter ruled out any U.S. embargo on trade with South Africa or any ban on U.S. investments to protest its racial policies.

• In 1997, The Dow Jones industrial average tumbled 554.26 points, forcing the stock market to shut down for the first time since the 1981 assassination attempt on U.S. President Ronald Reagan.

In the world

• In 1651, Limerick, Ireland, surrendered to British after lengthy siege.

• In 1806, France's Napoleon Bonaparte occupied Berlin.

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