This Day in History

Posted: Thursday, November 24, 2005

In Alaska

• 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, 10 Royal Canadian divers dove in the waters off the Taku Glacier, near Juneau, testing wet suits in the 30-degree Fahrenheit salt water.

In the nation

• In 1871, the National Rifle Association was incorporated.

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

• In 2000, the U.S. Supreme Court stepped into the bitter overtime struggle for the White House, agreeing to consider George W. Bush's appeal against the hand recounting of ballots in Florida.

In the world

• In 1859, British naturalist Charles Darwin published "On the Origin of Species," which explained his theory of evolution.

• In 1944, during World War II, U.S. bombers based on Saipan attacked Tokyo in the first raid against the Japanese capital by land-based planes.

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

• In 1985, the hijacking of an Egyptair jetliner parked on the ground in Malta ended violently as Egyptian commandos stormed the plane. Fifty-eight people died in the raid, in addition to two others killed by the hijackers.

• In 1987, the United States and the Soviet Union agreed to scrap shorter- and medium-range missiles.

• In 1989, Romanian leader Nicolae Ceausescu was unanimously re-elected Communist Party chief. (Within a month, he was overthrown in a popular uprising and executed along with his wife, Elena, on Christmas Day.)

• In 1995, Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadzic promised during a televised address to accept a U.S.-brokered peace plan. Voters in Ireland narrowly approved a constitutional amendment legalizing divorce.

• In 2004, Ukraine's election officials declared that Kremlin-backed Prime Minister Viktor Yanukovych had won Ukraine's bitterly disputed presidential runoff balloting; thousands of opposition supporters demonstrated in Kiev.

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