This Day in History

Posted: Sunday, November 05, 2006

In Alaska

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• In 1912, the first election was held for members of the Territorial Legislature.

• In 1913, Sitka became a second class municipality, the last major town in Alaska to incorporate.

• In 1949, the Cordova Times was banned from the mails after a complaint had been received about a page-one advertisement concerning a bingo game.

• In 1974, Jay Hammond was elected as the fifth governor of Alaska, beating three-term incumbent William Egan by a 287-vote margin.

In the nation

• In 1872, suffragist Susan B. Anthony defied the law by attempting to vote for President Grant. (She was convicted by a judge and fined $100, but never paid the fine.)

• In 1895, George B. Selden of Rochester, N.Y., received the first U.S. patent for an automobile known as the "Road Engine."

• In 1912, Woodrow Wilson was elected president, defeating Progressive Republican Theodore Roosevelt and incumbent Republican William Howard Taft.

• In 1940, President Roosevelt won an unprecedented third term in office as he defeated Republican challenger Wendell L. Willkie.

• In 1946, Republicans captured control of both the Senate and the House in midterm elections.

• In 1968, Richard M. Nixon won the presidency, defeating Vice President Hubert H. Humphrey and third-party candidate George C. Wallace.

• In 1990, Rabbi Meir Kahane, the Brooklyn-born Israeli extremist, was shot to death at a New York hotel. (Egyptian native El Sayyed Nosair was convicted of the slaying in federal court.)

• In 1996, voters returned President Clinton to the White House for a second term but kept Congress in Republican control. Mississippi Gov. Kirk Fordice was seriously injured when his car rolled off an interstate.

In the world

• In 1605, the "Gunpowder Plot" failed as Guy Fawkes was seized before he could blow up the English Parliament.

• In 1956, Britain and France started landing forces in Egypt during fighting between Egyptian and Israeli forces around the Suez Canal. (A cease-fire was declared two days later.)

• In 1996, Russian President Boris Yeltsin underwent successful heart bypass surgery.

• In 2001, Enrique Bolanos defeated former Sandinista leader Daniel Ortega in Nicaragua's presidential election. Hurricane Michelle swept past the Bahamas with 85 mph winds, flooding houses and cutting power.

• In 2005, leaders from across the Americas ended their two-day summit in Argentina without agreeing whether to restart talks on a free trade zone stretching from Alaska to Chile. Pirates attacked a cruise ship off the coast of Somalia, but the ship changed course and sped away to escape.

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