This Day in History

Posted: Tuesday, November 30, 2004

In Alaska

• In 1881, Anthony J. Dimond, Alaska's delegate in Congress and District Judge, was born in New York State.

• In 1895, Peter Trimble Rowe was consecrated as the first Episcopal Bishop of Alaska.

• In 1929, the largest totem pole rehabilitated in the Saxman Totem Project was finished. It was taken to a lot at the head of Totem Lane in Ketchikan, where it was the center pole of seven. It was 47 feet long, with a base diameter of 5 feet.

• In 1935, the Pioneer Sea Foods Company Cannery in Cordova was destroyed by fire.

• In 1979, U.S. Presidential hopeful Ronald Reagan visited Anchorage.

In the nation

• In 1803, Spain completed the process of ceding Louisiana to France, which had sold it to the United States.

• In 1804, Supreme Court Justice Samuel Chase went on trial, accused of political bias. He was acquitted by the Senate.

• In 1954, Elizabeth Hodges of Sylacauga, Ala., was slightly injured when an 8 1/2-pound meteorite crashed through the roof of her house.

• In 1993, President Clinton signed into law the Brady bill, which requires a five-day waiting period for handgun purchases and background checks of prospective buyers.

• In 1994, rapper Tupac Shakur was shot and wounded in a New York recording studio in an apparent robbery. Shakur was killed in a drive-by shooting in Las Vegas in 1996.

• In 1999, the opening of a 135-nation trade gathering in Seattle was disrupted by at least 40,000 demonstrators, some of whom clashed with police.

• In 2003, Nathaniel Jones, a black man, died during a fight with Cincinnati police in a case that heightened racial tensions. Walt Disney Company vice chairman Roy E. Disney stepped down from the board of directors. Former U.S. congressman and World Bank chairman Barber B. Conable Jr. died in Sarasota, Fla., at age 81. Gertrude Ederle, the first woman to swim the English Channel, died in Wyckoff, N.J., at age 98.

In the world

• In 1782, the United States and Britain signed preliminary peace articles in Paris, ending the Revolutionary War.

• In 1900, Irish writer Oscar Wilde died in Paris at age 46.

• In 1936, London's famed Crystal Palace, constructed for the International Exhibition of 1851, was destroyed in a fire.

• In 1939, the Russo-Finnish War began as Soviet troops invaded Finland.

• In 1962, U Thant of Burma was elected Secretary-General of the United Nations, succeeding the late Dag Hammarskjold.

• In 1966, the former British colony of Barbados became independent.

• In 1981, the United States and the Soviet Union opened negotiations in Geneva aimed at reducing nuclear weapons in Europe.

• In 1994, two passengers died and nearly 1,000 others and crew members fled the cruise ship Achille Lauro after it caught fire off the coast of Somalia; the ship sank two days later. The Achille Lauro had gained notoriety in 1985 when it was hijacked by Palestinian extremists.

• In 2003, U.S. soldiers in Iraq fought back coordinated attacks throughout the northern city of Samarra. Two South Korean contractors were killed in a roadside ambush. Mark Philippoussis gave Australia its 28th Davis Cup title, beating Spain's Juan Carlos Ferrero.

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