This Day in History

Posted: Monday, November 27, 2006

In Alaska

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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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