This Day in History

Posted: Monday, November 07, 2005

In Alaska

• In 1880, Richard Harris and Joe Juneau filled their canoe with quartz rock, records and laws, and left for Sitka to report to the backer of their prospecting expedition.

• In 1881, Mr. and Mrs. Walter B. Styles opened a Presbyterian mission school in Hoonah.

• In 1922, Eben Hobson, Native leader, was born.

• In 1938, construction began on the breakwater for Juneau's long awaited boat harbor.

• In 1940, while the temperature was fifteen degrees below zero, a fire destroyed the entire town of McCarthy, except for one establishment - Jack O'Neill's General Store.

In the nation

• In 1893, the state of Colorado granted its women the right to vote.

• In 1916, republican Jeannette Rankin of Montana became the first woman elected to Congress.

• In 1917, Russia's Bolshevik Revolution took place as forces led by Vladimir Ilyich Lenin overthrew the provisional government of Alexander Kerensky.

• In 1929, the Museum of Modern Art in New York City opened to the public.

• In 1940, the middle section of the Tacoma Narrows Bridge in Washington state collapsed during a windstorm.

• In 1944, President Roosevelt won an unprecedented fourth term in office, defeating Thomas E. Dewey.

• In 1962, Richard M. Nixon, having lost California's gubernatorial race, held what he called his "last press conference," telling reporters, "You won't have Nixon to kick around anymore."

• In 1973, Congress overrode President Nixon's veto of the War Powers Act, which limits a chief executive's power to wage war without congressional approval.

• In 1998, John Glenn returned to Earth aboard the space shuttle Discovery, visibly weak but elated after a nine-day mission.

• In 2000, Americans went to the polls for an election that would result in indecision for George W. Bush and Al Gore, with Florida's disputed electoral votes emerging as critical. Hillary Rodham Clinton became the first lady to win public office, defeating Republican Rick Lazio for a U.S. Senate seat from New York.

In the world

• In 1995, in a Japanese courtroom, three American military men admitted to the ambush-rape of a 12-year-old Okinawan schoolgirl, an attack that outraged the Japanese and strained security ties between Japan and the U.S. The men later received prison sentences ranging from 612 to seven years.

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