This Day in History

Posted: Monday, November 24, 2008

In Alaska, in the Nation and the World

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 salt 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 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. John Steinbeck's novel "The Pearl" was first published.

• 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 1998, America Online confirmed it was buying Netscape Communications in a dramatic $4.21 billion deal.

• In 2003, a jury in Virginia Beach, Va., sentenced John Allen Muhammad to death for the Washington-area sniper shootings.

• In 2007, a fast-moving wildfire pushed by Santa Ana winds raced through the canyons and mountains of Malibu, Calif., for the second time in little more than a month, destroying some 50 homes.

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 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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