This Day in History

Posted: Sunday, November 25, 2007

In Alaska, in the Nation and the World

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In Alaska

• In 1912, the name of the post office at 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, Secretary of the Interior Walter Hickel was fired from his job by Richard M. Nixon. He was appointed to the post in January 1969.

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

In the nation

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

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

• In 1947, movie studio executives meeting in New York agreed to blacklist the Hollywood Ten, who had been cited for contempt of Congress the day before.

• In 1957, President Eisenhower suffered a slight stroke.

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

• In 1997, Teamsters President Ron Carey announced he was taking an unpaid leave of absence to fight an election overseer's decision barring him from a rerun.

• In 1999, 5-year-old Elian Gonzalez was rescued by a pair of sport fishermen off Florida, setting off an international custody battle between relatives in Miami and Elian's father in Cuba.

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

• In 2006, a police shooting outside a strip club in New York's borough of Queens resulted in the death of Sean Bell hours before his wedding. (Two officers were later indicted for manslaughter, and a third was charged with reckless endangerment; all have pleaded not guilty.)

In the world

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

• 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 1997, President Clinton and Pacific Rim leaders meeting in Vancouver, British Columbia, approved a rescue strategy for Asian economies shaken by plunging currencies, bank failures and bankruptcies.

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