This Day in History

Posted: Monday, November 26, 2007

In Alaska

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• 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 in Seward - in barrels - 21,700 barrels of asphalt destined to pave the airport's runways.

• In 1958, William Egan was elected Alaska's first governor in its 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 ½ cents.

• In 1933, a judge in New York ruled the James Joyce book "Ulysses" was not obscene and could therefore be published in the United States.

• In 1942, 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 had accidentally caused part of the 18 ½-minute gap in a key Watergate tape.

• In 1986, President Ronald 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 1997, in a small but symbolic step, the United States and North Korea held high-level discussions at the State Department for the first time.

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

• In 2006, in New York City, an angry crowd demanded to know why police officers killed Sean Bell, an unarmed man, on the day of his wedding by firing dozens of shots that also wounded two of Bell's friends.

In the world

• 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.

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

• In 1950, China entered the Korean War, 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 1997, under heavy international pressure, Iraqi President Saddam Hussein said he would allow visits to presidential palaces where U.N. weapons experts suspected he might be hiding chemical and biological weapons.

• In 2002, a United Nations report said that for the first time in the 20-year history of the AIDS epidemic, about as many women as men were infected with HIV.

• In 2006, in Turkey, tens of thousands of protesters denounced Pope Benedict XVI as an enemy of Islam two days before the pontiff's scheduled visit. Rafael Correa won Ecuador's presidential runoff.

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