This Day in History

Posted: Thursday, November 29, 2007

In Alaska

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• 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 found on Feb. 18, 1930, concluding a 100-day search. The cause of the crash was believed to be a white-out and a faulty altimeter.

• 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 V spacecraft, which orbited Earth twice before returning.

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

• In 1967, Secretary of Defense Robert S. McNamara announced he was leaving the Johnson administration to become president of the World Bank.

• In 2002, the White House quietly announced that federal workers would get a smaller pay raise the following month because President Bush was freezing part of the increase, citing the fight against terrorism. Celebrity publicist Lizzie Grubman left the Suffolk County, N.Y., jail after serving 37 days of a 60-day sentence for backing her sport utility vehicle into a crowd outside a trendy Hamptons nightclub and fleeing.

• In 2006, still losing money after job and factory cuts, Ford Motor Co. said 38,000 workers, almost half of its hourly production force, had accepted buyouts or early retirement offers.

In the world

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

• In 1987, a Korean Air jetliner disappeared off Burma, with the loss of all 115 people aboard; South Korean authorities charged North Korean agents had planted a bomb aboard the aircraft.

• In 2006, the first of two high-profile meetings in Jordan between Bush and Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki was abruptly canceled amid conflicting explanations. (Bush met al-Maliki the next day.)

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