This Day in History

Posted: Friday, November 24, 2006

In Alaska

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• In 1929, the steamer Princess Norah, later a favorite of Juneau travellers, 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 30-degree water.

In the nation

• In 1863, the Civil War battle for Lookout Mountain began in Tennessee; Union forces succeeded in taking the mountain from the Confederates.

• In 1950, the musical "Guys and Dolls," based on the writings of Damon Runyon and featuring songs by Frank Loesser, opened on Broadway.

• 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 2005, a giant balloon in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York snagged a street light and caused part of it to fall, injuring a woman and a child.

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 1996, on the eve of an Asia-Pacific trade conference in the Philippines, President Clinton met with Chinese President Jiang Zemin. Both sides signaled their troubled relations were on the mend, and agreed to exchange presidential visits over the next two years.

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