This Day in History

Posted: Sunday, November 07, 2004

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, a Native leader, was born.

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

• In 1940, while the temperature was 15 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 1944, President Franklin D. Roosevelt won an unprecedented fourth term in office, defeating Thomas E. Dewey.

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

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

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

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

• In 1962, former first lady Eleanor Roosevelt died in New York City. 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 1989, L. Douglas Wilder won the governor's race in Virginia, becoming the first elected black governor in U.S. history; David N. Dinkins was elected New York City's first black mayor

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