This Day in History

Posted: Sunday, November 14, 2004

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 9 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 1900, Aaron Copland, one of America's leading composers of the 20th century, was born in New York City.

• In 1944, Tommy Dorsey and Orchestra recorded "Opus No. 1" for RCA Victor.

• In 1968, Yale University announced it was going co-educational.

• In 1969, Apollo 12 blasted off for the moon.

• In 1972, the Dow Jones Industrial Average closed above the 1,000 level for the first time.

• In 1999, Democrat Bill Bradley took center court at New York's Madison Square Garden for a $1.5 million presidential campaign fund-raiser that featured his old Knicks teammates and former basketball rivals.

• In 2003, John Kerry became the second Democratic hopeful to opt out of public financing for his presidential run, following the example of rival Howard Dean. A third person died following an outbreak of hepatitis A at a Chi-Chi's Mexican restaurant at the Beaver Valley Mall outside Pittsburgh.

In the world

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

• In 1935, President Franklin D. Roosevelt proclaimed the Philippine Islands a free commonwealth.

• 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 re-married.)

• In 1994, President Clinton, in Indonesia, held one-on-one meetings with the leaders of China, Japan and South Korea, winning pledges to keep the pressure on North Korea to freeze its nuclear weapons program.

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