This Day in History

Posted: Thursday, October 28, 2004

In Alaska

• In 1936, members of the Matanuska Valley Farmers Cooperative Association formed the largest distributor of locally grown produce in Alaska, Matanuska Maid.

• In 1949, amid growing skepticism over the validity of the Fishwheel Gold Strike, 160 miles north of Fairbanks on the Yukon River, a University of Alaska geologist revealed one of the nuggets he examined from the strike was brass and two others were pocket worn.

• In 1971, a pipeline break at Galena Air Force Base that spilled 13,500 gallons of diesel fuel into the Yukon River was uncovered and reported by the Broadcast News Center of Fairbanks. The spill occurred on Sept. 16, 1971, and was never reported by the military.

• In 1988, two stranded gray whales left Barrow, following an international rescue effort.

In the nation

• In 1636, Harvard College was founded in Massachusetts.

• In 1793, Eli Whitney applied for a patent for his cotton gin (the patent was granted the following March).

• In 1886, the Statue of Liberty, a gift from the people of France, was dedicated in New York Harbor by President Cleveland.

• In 1919, Congress enacted the Volstead Act, which provided for enforcement of Prohibition, over President Wilson's veto.

• In 1936, President Franklin D. Roosevelt rededicated the Statue of Liberty on its 50th anniversary.

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