This Day in History

Posted: Friday, November 14, 2008

In Alaska, in the Nation and the World

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; Or, The Whale" was first published in the United States.

• In 1881, Charles J. Guiteau went on trial for assassinating President Garfield. (Guiteau was convicted and hanged the following year.)

• 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 1969, Apollo 12 blasted off for the moon.

• In 1970, a chartered Southern Airways DC9 crashed while trying to land in Huntington, W.Va., killing all 75 on board, including the Marshall University football team and its coaching staff.

• In 1972, the Dow Jones Industrial Average closed above the 1,000 level for the first time, ending the day at 1,003.16.

• In 1997, a jury in Fairfax, Va., decided that Pakistani national Aimal Khan Kasi should get the death penalty for gunning down two CIA employees outside agency headquarters. (Kasi was executed on this date in 2002.)

• 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 2007, Michael Mukasey took a ceremonial oath as the new U.S. Attorney General. A justice of the peace ordered O.J. Simpson to stand trial on kidnapping and armed robbery charges stemming from a confrontation with memorabilia dealers in a Las Vegas casino hotel room. (Simpson and a co-defendant were convicted in October 2008.)

In the world

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

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