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This Day in History

Posted: Sunday, November 23, 2008

In Alaska

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

• In 1980, a roaming dog killed three 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., became the first colonial entity to repudiate the British Stamp Act.

• In 1804, the 14th president of the United States, Franklin Pierce, was born in Hillsboro, N.H.

• In 1889, the first jukebox made its debut in San Francisco, at the Palais Royale Saloon.

• 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, most U.S. wartime rationing of foods, including meat and butter, was set to expire by day's end.

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

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 1996, a hijacked Ethiopian Airlines Boeing 767 crashed into the waves off Comoros Islands, killing about two-thirds of the 175 people on board.



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