This Day in History

Posted: Monday, November 29, 2004

In Alaska

• In 1929, a search was begun for Carl Ben Eielson, pioneer Alaskan pilot, who was missing for two weeks on a trip to Cape North, Siberia, to salvage furs from an ice-bound ship. His body was later found on February 18, 1930, concluding a 100-day search. It was suspected a white-out and a faulty altimeter caused the crash.

• In 1930, mining operations were suspended at the big copper mine at Latouche.

• In 1953, the Alaska Native Service Hospital in Anchorage was opened for public inspection.

• In 1979, "Alaska's Grand Old Adventurer," 74-year old Norman Vaughn, reached the South Pole for the second time as part of a group commemorating Admiral Byrd's 1929 expedition, of which Vaughn was a member.

In the nation

• In 1864, a Colorado militia killed at least 150 peaceful Cheyenne Indians in the Sand Creek Massacre.

• In 1961, "Enos" the chimp was launched from Cape Canaveral aboard the Mercury-Atlas 5 spacecraft, which orbited earth twice before returning.

• In 1963, President Lyndon Johnson named a commission headed by Earl Warren to investigate the assassination of President Kennedy.

• In 1964, the U.S. Roman Catholic Church instituted sweeping changes in the liturgy, including the use of English instead of Latin.

• In 1981, actress Natalie Wood drowned in a boating accident off Santa Catalina Island, Calif., at age 43.

• In 1986, actor Cary Grant died in Davenport, Iowa, at age 82.

• In 1994, the House passed the revised General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade by a vote of 288-146.

• In 1999, game show host Gene Rayburn died in Gloucester, Mass., at age 81.

• In 2001, former Beatle George Harrison died in Los Angeles following a battle with cancer. He was 58.

In the world

• In 1924, Italian composer Giacomo Puccini died in Brussels before he could complete his opera "Turandot." It was finished by Franco Alfano.

• In 1929, Navy Lt. Cmdr. Richard E. Byrd radioed that he'd made the first airplane flight over the South Pole.

• In 1947, the U.N. General Assembly passed a resolution calling for the partitioning of Palestine between Arabs and Jews.

• In 1952, President-elect Dwight D. Eisenhower kept his campaign promise to visit Korea to assess the ongoing conflict.



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