This Day in History

Posted: Monday, November 24, 2003

In AlaskaP>

• In 1929, the steamer Princess Norah, later a favorite of Juneau travelers, arrived in Juneau on her maiden voyage.

• In 1941, much of the business district of Seward was destroyed by fire.

• In 1959, ten Royal Canadian divers dove in the waters off the Taku Glacier, near Juneau, testing wet suits in cold salt water.

In the nation

• In 1784, Zachary Taylor, the 12th president of the United States, was born in Orange County, Va.

• In 1863, the Civil War battle for Lookout Mountain began in Tennessee; Union forces took the mountain two days later.

• In 1871, the National Rifle Association was incorporated.

• In 1947, a group of writers, producers and directors that became known as the "Hollywood Ten" was cited for contempt of Congress for refusing to answer questions about alleged Communist influence in the movie industry.

• In 1963, Jack Ruby shot and mortally wounded Lee Harvey Oswald, the accused assassin of President Kennedy, in a scene captured on live television.

• In 1969, Apollo 12 splashed down safely in the Pacific.

• In 1971, hijacker D.B. Cooper parachuted from a Northwest Airlines 727 over Washington state with $200,000 in ransom. His fate remains unknown.

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