This Day in History

Posted: Tuesday, November 04, 2008

In Alaska, in the Nation and the World

In Alaska

• 1928, a windstorm in Cordova caused more than $30,000 in damage to the town.

• 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.

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

• 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.

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

In the nation

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

• In 1924, Nellie T. Ross of Wyoming was elected the nation's first female governor to serve out the remaining term of her late husband, William B. Ross.

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