This Day in History

Posted: Tuesday, November 04, 2003

In Alaska

• In 1884, Alaska's first U.S. District Court was formally organized in Sitka.

• In 1928, a windstorm in Cordova did more than $30,000 worth of damage to the town.

• In 1939, a second G-Man (FBI agent) was added to the Juneau office.

• In 1974, negotiators for the Alaska Public Employees Association accepted a 15 percent pay increase for striking supervisors, ending the state's first government employee strike.

• In 1979, a rockslide in Juneau destroyed a 40-foot section of the Basin Road trestle closing access to Gold Creek Basin, a popular hiking area.

• In 1980, Alaska voted to send an all-Republican delegation to Washington, D.C., as Frank Murkowski defeated Clark Gruening in the Senate race and incumbent Don Young won re-election.

• In 1986, Steve Cowper was elected as the state of Alaska's seventh governor.

In the nation

• In 1842, Abraham Lincoln married Mary Todd in Springfield, Ill.

• In 1880, the first cash register was patented by James and John Ritty of Dayton, Ohio.

• In 1884, Democrat Grover Cleveland was elected to his first term as president, defeating Republican James G. Blaine.

• In 1952, Dwight D. Eisenhower was elected president, defeating Democrat Adlai Stevenson.

• In 1980, Ronald Reagan won the White House as he defeated President Carter by a strong margin.

• In 1987, Six-year-old Elizabeth (Lisa) Steinberg was pronounced dead at a New York City hospital in a child abuse case that sparked national outrage; her illegal adoptive father, Joel Steinberg, was later sentenced to prison for manslaughter.

• In 1993, The White House challenged Ross Perot to a debate on the North American Free Trade Agreement with Vice President Al Gore; Perot, calling it "a desperate move," quickly accepted.

• In 1998, In the wake of disappointing election results in which House Republicans saw their majority trimmed, GOP lawmakers talked of quickly wrapping up impeachment proceedings against President Clinton and raised the prospect of challenges to Speaker Newt Gingrich or other party leaders.

• In 2002, President Bush barnstormed through four battleground states - Iowa, Missouri, Arkansas and Texas - in a final appeal for Republicans in Congress; Democrats worked for a strong voter turnout to tilt key races their way.

In the world

• In 1922, the entrance to King Tutankhamen's tomb was discovered in Egypt.

• In 1942, during World War II, Axis forces retreated from El Alamein in North Africa in a major victory for British forces commanded by Field Marshal Bernard Montgomery.

• In 1956, Soviet troops moved in to crush the Hungarian Revolution.

• In 1979, the Iranian hostage crisis began as militants stormed the United States Embassy in Tehran. For some of the hostages, it was the start of 444 days of captivity.

• In 1995, Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin was assassinated by a right-wing Israeli minutes after attending a festive peace rally.

• In 2002, A party with Islamic roots won a landslide victory in Turkish elections.

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