This Day in History

Posted: Friday, November 03, 2006

In Alaska

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• In 1905, the post office of Gakona was established.

• In 1942, road crews met at the "breakthrough" at Beaver Creek on the Alaska Highway, where the roads met.

• In 1970, William A. Egan was elected fourth governor of Alaska. Egan also served as the state's first governor.

• In 1980, U.S. Supreme Court Justice William Renquist issued a temporary stay, preventing the Alaska Permanent Fund Dividend Law from going into effect and the checks from being mailed. The stay was related on a suit filed by Patricia and Ron Zobel of Anchorage.

In the nation

• In 1868, Republican Ulysses S. Grant won the presidential election over Democrat Horatio Seymour.

• In 1896, Republican William McKinley defeated Democrat William Jennings Bryan for the presidency.

• In 1908, Republican William Howard Taft was elected president, outpolling William Jennings Bryan.

• In 1936, President Roosevelt won a landslide election victory over Republican challenger Alfred M. "Alf" Landon.

• In 1964, President Johnson soundly defeated Republican challenger Barry Goldwater to win a White House term in his own right.

• In 1979, five radicals were killed when gunfire erupted during an anti-Ku Klux Klan demonstration in Greensboro, N.C., after a caravan of Klansmen and neo-Nazis had driven into the area.

• In 2001, the Arizona Diamondbacks beat the New York Yankees 15-2 to tie the World Series at three games apiece.

• In 2005, Vice President Dick Cheney's former chief of staff, I. Lewis Libby, pleaded not guilty to a five-count felony indictment in the CIA leak case. Merck & Co. won its first court battle over its Vioxx painkiller when a New Jersey state jury found the drug maker had properly warned consumers about the risks of the medication.

In the world

• In 1839, the first Opium War between China and Britain broke out.

• In 1903, Panama proclaimed its independence from Colombia.

• In 1957, the Soviet Union launched Sputnik 2, the second manmade satellite, into orbit; on board was a dog named "Laika" who was sacrificed in the experiment.

• In 1970, Salvador Allende was inaugurated as president of Chile.

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