This Day in History

Posted: Friday, November 14, 2003

In Alaska

• In 1938, the train that ran on the Copper River & Northwestern Railway out of Cordova made its last run.

• In 1939, the Fairbanks City Council directed the police to eliminate the problem of wolves being kept as pets within city limits.

• In 1974, community college faculty went on strike throughout the state, affecting 7,000 students on nine campuses.

In the nation

• In 1851, Herman Melville's novel "Moby Dick" was first published.

• In 1889, inspired by Jules Verne, New York World reporter Nellie Bly (Elizabeth Cochrane) set out to travel around the world in less than 80 days. She made the trip in 72 days.

• In 2002, Pakistani Aimal Khan Kasi was put to death by injection at a prison in Jarratt, Va., for the slayings of two CIA employees in 1993.

In the world

• In 1922, the British Broadcasting Corp. began its domestic radio service.

• In 1940, during World War II, German planes destroyed most of the English town of Coventry.

• In 1973, Britain's Princess Anne married Captain Mark Phillips in Westminster Abbey. They divorced in 1992 and Anne remarried.

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