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In 1954, Elana France of Fairbanks won a drawing at the Seattle Boat Show. Her prize was an 18-foot long, half-ton totem pole, "carved by a real, genuine Indian."
In 1974, the completed recount of all 90,000 votes cast for governor showed Jay Hammond beating incumbent Governor William Egan by 287 votes.
In the nation
In 1901, the U.S. Army War College was established in Washington.
In 1910, the Pennsylvania Railroad began service at New York's Pennsylvania Station.
In 1945, Gen. George C. Marshall was named special U.S. envoy to China to try to end hostilities between the Nationalists and the Communists.
In 1973, the Senate voted 92-3 to confirm Gerald R. Ford as vice president, succeeding Spiro T. Agnew, who'd resigned.
In 1978, San Francisco Mayor George Moscone and City Supervisor Harvey Milk, a gay-rights activist, were shot to death inside City Hall by former supervisor Dan White.
In 1996, a federal judge blocked enforcement of a California initiative to dismantle affirmative action, saying civil rights groups had a "strong probability" of proving it unconstitutional.
In the world
In 1942, during World War II, the French navy at Toulon scuttled its ships and submarines to keep them out of the hands of the Nazis.
In 1970, Pope Paul VI, visiting the Philippines, was slightly wounded at the Manila airport by a dagger-wielding Bolivian painter disguised as a priest.
In 1983, 183 people were killed when a Colombian Avianca Airlines Boeing 747 crashed near Madrid's Barajas airport.
In 1989, 107 people were killed when a bomb blamed by police on drug traffickers destroyed a Colombian jetliner.
In 1996, Evan C. Hunziker, an American jailed by North Korea on spy charges, was set free, ending a three-month ordeal.
In 2001, Afghan factions opened power-sharing talks outside Bonn, Germany.
In 2005, doctors in France performed the world's first partial face transplant on a woman disfigured by a dog bite; Isabelle Dinoire received the lips, nose and chin of a brain-dead woman in a 15-hour operation.
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