This Day in History

Posted: Wednesday, October 29, 2003

In Alaska

• In 1867, an Army post was established at Sitka, with General Jefferson C. Davis in command.

• In 1918, Juneau was quarantined to help prevent the spread of Spanish influenza.

• In 1940, radio station KINY-AM moved into the Decker Building in downtown Juneau.

• In 1942, the Alaska Highway, Alaska's first land link with the Lower 48 states, was announced open for traffic.

• In 1965, an underground nuclear device, with four times the power of the bombs that destroyed Hiroshima and Nagasaki, was detonated beneath Amchitka Island in the Aleutians. The blast, registering at 5.7 on the Richter scale, lifted the island a few feet above ground zero.

• In 1983, Alaska time zones were combined as the Alaska Time Zone.

In the nation

• In 1682, the founder of Pennsylvania, William Penn, landed at what is now Chester, Pa.

• In 1901, President McKinley's assassin, Leon Czolgosz, was electrocuted.

• In 1911, American newspaperman Joseph Pulitzer died in Charleston, S.C.

• In 1929, "Black Tuesday" descended upon the New York Stock Exchange. Prices collapsed amid panic selling and thousands of investors were wiped out as America's "Great Depression" began.

• In 1947, former first lady Frances Cleveland Preston died in Baltimore at age 83.

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