This Day in History

Posted: Friday, October 29, 2004

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 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, Pennsylvania.

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

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

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

• In 1964, thieves made off with the Star of India and other gems from the American Museum of Natural History in New York. The Star and most of the other gems were recovered. Three men were convicted of stealing them.

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