This Day in History

Posted: Tuesday, November 27, 2007

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.

• In 1974, the completed recount of all 90,000 votes cast for governor showed Jay Hammond beating incumbent Gov. William Egan by 287 votes.

In the nation

• In 1901, the U.S. Army War College was established in Washington, D.C.

• In 1910, the Pennsylvania Railroad began service at New York's Pennsylvania Station.

• 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 1997, Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York was marred when a gust of wind knocked part of a lamppost onto a 34-year-old woman, fracturing her skull and leaving her in a coma for almost a month.

• In 2002, President Bush appointed former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger to lead an investigation into why the government failed to foil the Sept. 11 attacks. (The following month, Kissinger stepped down, citing controversy over potential conflicts of interest with his business clients.) Bush gave the go-ahead to open U.S. highways to Mexican trucks.

• In 2006, fire burned down a group home for the elderly and mentally ill in Anderson, Mo., killing 10 residents and a caretaker.

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 1945, General George C. Marshall was named special U.S. envoy to China to try to end hostilities between the Nationalists and the Communists.

• 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, 181 people were killed when a Colombian Avianca Airlines Boeing 747 crashed near Madrid's Barajas airport.

• In 1989, a bomb blamed by police on drug traffickers destroyed a Colombian Avianca jetliner, killing all 107 people on board.

• In 1997, a day after saying it would open its presidential palaces to international observers, Iraq declared that U.N. weapons monitors were not included in the invitation.

• In 2002, U.N. specialists began a new round of weapons inspections in Iraq.

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