This Day in History

Posted: Thursday, November 23, 2006

In Alaska

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• In 1898, the weekly Douglas Island News was established in Douglas and operated there until 1921.

• In 1924, the Northern Commercial Company in Fairbanks dropped the price of gasoline four cents to 40 per gallon.

• In 1939, the first and only Gold Bowl football game was played in Juneau.

• In 1980, a roaming dog killed 3 caribou calves at the University of Alaska-Fairbanks. The caribou had been the subject of nutrition and metabolism studies.

In the nation

• In 1765, Frederick County, Md., repudiated the British Stamp Act.

• In 1903, singer Enrico Caruso made his American debut at the Metropolitan Opera House in New York, appearing in "Rigoletto."

• In 1936, Life, the photojournalism magazine created by Henry R. Luce, was first published.

• In 1945, was the last day of most U.S. wartime rationing of foods, including meat and butter.

• In 1959, the musical "Fiorello!," with music by Jerry Bock and lyrics by Sheldon Harnick, opened on Broadway.

• In 1963, President Johnson proclaimed Nov. 25 a day of national mourning following the assassination of President Kennedy.

• In 1996, 44 people were injured when an Amtrak train derailed on a Secaucus, N.J., bridge.

• In 2005, a commuter train slammed into several vehicles caught in a traffic jam on a busy road in Elmwood Park, Ill., starting a chain reaction that injured at least 10 people.

In the world

• In 1943, during World War II, U.S. forces seized control of Tarawa and Makin atolls from the Japanese.

• In 1971, the People's Republic of China was seated in the U.N. Security Council.

• In 1980, some 2,600 people were killed by a series of earthquakes that devastated southern Italy.

• In 1985, retired CIA analyst Larry Wu-tai Chin was arrested and accused of spying for China. (He committed suicide a year after his conviction.)

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