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This Day in History

Posted: Friday, November 28, 2008

In Alaska, in the Nation and the World

In Alaska

• In 1969, a massive rockslide buried Ketchikan's new Lake Silvis hydroelectric plant.

• In 1980, three top Alaska military commanders and the Department of Natural Resources signed an agreement giving the state and the public far greater control over military use of state land.

In the nation

• In 1907, future movie producer Louis B. Mayer opened his first movie theater, in Haverhill, Mass.

• In 1942, nearly 500 people died in a fire that destroyed the Cocoanut Grove nightclub in Boston.

• In 1998, some Republicans expressed disappointment and outrage over President Clinton's written responses to 81 questions from the House Judiciary Committee concerning the Monica Lewinsky affair, with one accusing the president of "word games."

• In 2001, Enron Corp. collapsed after would-be rescuer Dynegy Inc. backed out of an $8.4 billion deal to take it over.

• In 2003, President Bush returned to his ranch in Crawford, Texas, after a secret, nearly 36-hour journey that took him to Iraq for a Thanksgiving visit with U.S. troops.

• In 2007, a day after an international Mideast peace conference in Annapolis, Md., President Bush told the leaders of Israel and the Palestinian territories he was personally committed to their mission of peace. Republican presidential rivals Rudy Giuliani and Mitt Romney clashed over immigration in a provocative, no-holds-barred CNN/YouTube debate. O.J. Simpson pleaded not guilty in Las Vegas to charges of kidnapping and armed robbery stemming from a confrontation with sports memorabilia dealers. (Simpson and a co-defendant were convicted last month.) Broadway stagehands and theater producers reached a tentative agreement on ending a crippling 19-day-old strike.

In the world

• In 1520, Portuguese navigator Ferdinand Magellan reached the Pacific Ocean after passing through the South American strait that now bears his name.

• In 1919, American-born Lady Astor was elected the first female member of the British Parliament.

• In 1943, President Roosevelt, British Prime Minister Winston Churchill and Soviet leader Josef Stalin began conferring in Tehran during World War II.

• In 1958, Chad, Gabon and Middle Congo became autonomous republics within the French community.

• In 1964, the United States launched the space probe Mariner 4 on a course to Mars.

• In 1979, an Air New Zealand DC-10 en route to the South Pole crashed into a mountain in Antarctica, killing all 257 people aboard.

• In 1987, a South African Airways Boeing 747 crashed into the Indian Ocean with the loss of all 159 people aboard.

• In 1990, Margaret Thatcher resigned as British prime minister during an audience with Queen Elizabeth II, who conferred the premiership on John Major.



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