This Day in History

Posted: Thursday, November 25, 2004

In Alaska

• In 1912, the name of the post office in the smelter town of Port Hadley, on Prince of Wales Island, was changed to Hadley.

• 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 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 1944, baseball commissioner Judge Kenesaw Mountain Landis died at age 78.

• 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 1984, William Schroeder of Jasper, Ind., became the second man to receive a Jarvik-7 artificial heart, at Humana Hospital Audubon in Kentucky. He lived 620 days on the device.

• In 2002, President Bush signed legislation creating the Department of Homeland Security, and appointed Tom Ridge to be its head.

• In 2003, the Senate gave final congressional approval to historic Medicare legislation combining a new prescription drug benefit with measures to control costs before the baby boom generation reaches retirement age. Gail Knisley, 62, was shot and killed while riding in a car on a highway in Columbus, Ohio. It was the only fatality in a series of shootings that terrified area drivers. A suspect, Charles A. McCoy Jr., was arrested last March.

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