This Day in History

Posted: Tuesday, November 25, 2003

In Alaska

• In 1969, the greatest deluge of mail to Gov. Keith Miller, more than 700 letters, hit the Governor's desk in Juneau following a televised documentary supposedly showing wolves being hunted for bounty.

• In 1970, Walter J. Hickel was fired from his job as Secretary of the Interior by Richard M. Nixon. He was appointed to the post in January 1969.

• In 1974, a recount was begun of the 90,000 votes cast for governor. Prior to the recount, Jay Hammond led Gov. William Egan by 365 votes.

In the nation

• In 1758, in the French and Indian War, the British captured Fort Duquesne in present-day Pittsburgh.

• In 1783, the British evacuated New York, their last military position in the United States during the Revolutionary War.

• In 1957, President Eisenhower suffered a slight stroke.

• In 1963, the body of President Kennedy was laid to rest at Arlington National Cemetery.

• In 1974, former U.N. Secretary-General U. Thant died in New York at age 65.

• In 1986, the Iran-Contra affair erupted as President Reagan and Attorney General Edwin Meese revealed that profits from secret arms sales to Iran had been diverted to Nicaraguan rebels.

• In 1987, Harold Washington, the first black mayor of Chicago, died in office at age 65.

• In 2002, President Bush signed legislation creating the Department of Homeland Security and appointed Tom Ridge to be its head. Former State Department official Eugene V. Rostow died at age 89.

In the world

• In 1881, Pope John XXIII was born Angelo Roncalli near Bergamo, Italy.

• In 1973, Greek President George Papadopoulos was ousted in a bloodless military coup.

• In 1990, Poland held its first popular presidential election. (Solidarity founder Lech Walesa, who received a plurality of votes, won a runoff the following month.)

• In 1993, violence broke out in the Gaza Strip, a day after Israeli undercover soldiers killed Imad Akel, the head of the military wing of Hamas. Egyptian Prime Minister Atef Sedki escaped an attempt on his life when Islamic militants detonated a car bomb near his motorcade.

• In 1998, Britain's highest court ruled that former Chilean dictator General Augusto Pino-chet, whose extradition was being sought by Spain, could not claim immunity from prosecution for crimes committed during his rule.

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