This Day in History

Posted: Wednesday, November 26, 2003

In Alaska

• In 1922, the Alaska Electric Light & Power Company installed Juneau's first radio broadcast station at its Front Street office.

• In 1949, Anchorage International Airport arrived in Seward - in barrels - 21,700 barrels of asphalt destined to pave the airport's runways.

• In 1958, William Egan was elected as the state of Alaska's first governor in the state's first general election.

In the nation

• In 1825, the first college social fraternity, Kappa Alpha, was formed at Union College in Schenectady, N.Y.

• In 1832, public streetcar service began in New York City. The fare: 1212 cents.

• In 1942, President Franklin Roosevelt ordered nationwide gasoline rationing beginning Dec. 1. The motion picture "Casablanca," starring Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman, had its world premiere at the Hollywood Theater in New York.

• In 1973, President Nixon's personal secretary, Rose Mary Woods, told a federal court that she'd accidentally caused part of the 1812-minute gap in a key Watergate tape.

• In 1986, President Reagan appointed a commission headed by former Sen. John Tower to investigate his National Security Council staff in the wake of the Iran-Contra affair.

• In 1993, the first session of the 103rd Congress concluded as lawmakers adjourned for the year.

• In 2002, WorldCom and the government settled a civil lawsuit over the company's $9 billion accounting scandal.

In the world

• In 1940, the half-million Jews of Warsaw, Poland, were forced by the Nazis to live within a walled ghetto.

• In 1943, during World War II, the H.M.T. Rohna, a British transport ship carrying American soldiers, was hit by a German missile off Algeria; 1,138 men were killed, including 1,015 American troops.

• In 1949, India adopted a constitution as a republic within the British Commonwealth.

• In 1950, China entered the Korean conflict, launching a counteroffensive against soldiers from the United Nations, the United States and South Korea.

• In 1965, France launched its first satellite, sending a 92-pound capsule into orbit.

• In 1998, in the first speech ever by a British prime minister to an Irish parliament, Tony Blair predicted that Northern Ireland's troubled peace accord would ultimately work because of a strengthened cooperative spirit uniting Britain and Ireland. In India, at least 211 people died when two trains collided in the northern state of Punjab.

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