This Day in History

Posted: Friday, November 26, 2004

In Alaska

• In 1867, the first bill was introduced in the U.S. Congress to "organize the Territory of Alaska." It failed to get a hearing.

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

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

• In 1958, William Egan was elected as 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: 12 1/2 cents.

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

• In 1973, President Nixon's personal secretary, Rose Mary Woods, told a federal court that she'd accidentally caused part of the 18 1/2-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 1994, Margaret Garrish, a 72-year-old Detroit woman, committed suicide in the presence of Dr. Jack Kevorkian.

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 HMT 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.

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