This Day in History

Posted: Friday, November 30, 2007

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• In 1881, Anthony J. Dimond, Alaska's delegate in Congress and a district judge, was born in New York state.

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

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

• In 1935, the Pioneer Sea Foods Co. cannery in Cordova was destroyed by fire.

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

In the world

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

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

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

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

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

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