This Day in History

Posted: Tuesday, November 11, 2003

In Alaska

• In 1863, Hudson Stuck, Alaska missionary, mountain climber and author, was born in England.

• In 1974, a fast-moving storm with 70 mph winds battered Nome, flooding streets, destroying homes and leaving smaller communities without adequate food and water.

• In 1980, Pavlof Volcano, an 8,905-foot peak near Cold Bay, was described as "erupting like a blowtorch" by a Reeve-Aleutian Airways pilot.

In the nation

• In 1620, 41 Pilgrims aboard the Mayflower, anchored off Massachusetts, signed a compact calling for a "body politick."

• In 1831, former slave Nat Turner, who led a violent insurrection, was executed in Jerusalem, Va.

• In 1889, Washington became the 42nd state.

• In 1921, President Harding dedicated the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Arlington National Cemetery.

• In 1938, Kate Smith first sang Irving Berlin's "God Bless America" on network radio.

• In 1966, Gemini 12 blasted off from Cape Kennedy, Fla., with astronauts James A. Lovell and Edwin "Buzz" Aldrin Jr. aboard.

• In 1993, a bronze statue honoring more than 11,000 American women who served in the Vietnam War was dedicated in Washington, D.C.

In the world

• In 1918, fighting in World War I came to an end with the signing of an armistice between the Allies and Germany.

• In 1942, during World War II, Germany completed its occupation of France.

• In 1972, the U.S. Army turned over its base at Long Bihn to the South Vietnamese army, symbolizing the end of direct U.S. military involvement in the Vietnam War.

• In 1983, President Reagan became the first U.S. chief executive to address the Diet, Japan's national legislature.

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