This Day in History

Posted: Tuesday, November 06, 2007

In Alaska

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• In 1959, the Juneau Chamber of Commerce recommended that a proposed Southeast Alaska ferry system be financed as part of the Federal Interstate Road Network. Live arctic grayling and tundra blackfish from Alaska arrived at their new home in the National Aquarium in Washington, D.C.

• In 1962, William Egan was re-elected as governor of Alaska.

• In 1971, the Atomic Energy Commission detonated a five-megaton nuclear warhead beneath Amchitka Island in the Aleutians.

• In 1979, a workroom and the library at the Alaska State Museum in Juneau were closed because of asbestos dust from the insulation.

In the nation

• In 1860, former Illinois congressman Abraham Lincoln defeated three other candidates for the presidency: John Breckinridge, John Bell and Stephen Douglas.

• In 1861, Confederate President Jefferson Davis was elected to a six-year term of office.

• In 1888, Benjamin Harrison won the presidential election, defeating incumbent Grover Cleveland with enough electoral votes, even though Cleveland led in the popular vote.

• In 1900, President William McKinley was re-elected, beating Democrat William Jennings Bryan.

• In 1906, Republican Charles Evans Hughes was elected governor of New York, defeating newspaper publisher William Randolph Hearst.

• In 1928, in a first, the results of Herbert Hoover's election victory over Democrat Alfred E. Smith were flashed onto an electric wraparound sign on the New York Times building.

• In 1956, President Dwight D. Eisenhower won re-election, defeating Democrat Adlai E. Stevenson.

• In 1976, Benjamin L. Hooks was chosen to be the new executive director of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, succeeding Roy Wilkins.

• In 1977, 39 people were killed when an earthen dam burst, sending a wall of water through Toccoa Falls College in Georgia.

• In 1997, the Clinton administration warned Iraq it could face military action or economic sanctions if it continued to bar U.N. weapons inspections. Former President George H.W. Bush opened his presidential library at Texas A&M University; among the guests of honor was President Clinton, the man who had sent him into retirement.

• In 2002, a jury in Beverly Hills, Calif., convicted Winona Ryder of stealing $5,500 worth of high-fashion merchandise from Saks Fifth Avenue, but a prosecutor said she would not seek to put the actress behind bars.

• In 2006, on the eve of midterm elections, Democrats criticized Republicans as stewards of a stale status quo while President Bush campaigned from Florida to Arkansas to Texas in a drive to preserve GOP control of Congress. Kenny Chesney won entertainer of the year and Brooks & Dunn's inspirational song "Believe" won three trophies, including single and song of the year, at the 40th Annual Country Music Association Awards.

In the world

• In 1944, British official Lord Moyne was assassinated in Cairo, Egypt, by members of the Zionist Stern gang.

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