This Day in History

Posted: Monday, November 05, 2007

In Alaska

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• In 1912, the first election was held to elect members of the territorial Legislature.

• In 1913, Sitka became a second class municipality, the last major city 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 Ulysses S. 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 "improved Road Engine."

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

• In 1942, President Franklin D. 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 American Independent candidate George C. Wallace.

• In 1987, Supreme Court nominee Douglas H. Ginsburg admitted using marijuana several times in the 1960s and 70s, calling it a mistake. (Ginsburg ended up withdrawing his nomination.)

• 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 1997, the U.S. House overwhelmingly approved a bill calling for the most far-reaching changes at the Internal Revenue Service in 45 years.

• In 2002, in midterm elections, Republicans won control of both houses of Congress and claimed a majority of the governors' races. Securities and Exchange Commission Chairman Harvey Pitt resigned under pressure after a series of political missteps that had embarrassed the White House. Randy Johnson won his record-tying fourth straight National League Cy Young Award.

• In 2006, Saddam Hussein was convicted and sentenced by the Iraqi High Tribunal to hang for crimes against humanity. Saying that he was a "deceiver and liar" who had given in to his dark side, the Rev. Ted Haggard confessed to sexual immorality in a letter read from the pulpit of the New Life Church in Colorado Springs, Colo. Rockwall County, Texas, prosecutor Louis "Bill" Conradt Jr. killed himself as police tried to serve him with an arrest warrant alleging he had solicited sex with a minor online. Marilson Gomes dos Santos of Brazil became the first South American to win the New York City Marathon, finishing in 2:09.59; defending champion Jelena Prokopcuka of Latvia won the women's race in 2:25:05.

In the world

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

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