This Day in History

Posted: Wednesday, December 03, 2003

In Alaska

• In 1906, Frank H. Waskey was seated at the first delegate in the U.S House of Representatives from Alaska. He had, however, no voting power in Congress.

• In 1955, the first record by the first Alaska recording company, Polar Recording Co., began national distribution with the release of "Down Hill Drag."

In the nation

• In 1818, Illinois was admitted as the 21st state.

• In 1828, Andrew Jackson was elected president of the United States.

• In 1925, "Concerto in F," by George Gershwin, had its world premiere at New York's Carnegie Hall, with Gershwin himself at the piano.

• In 1947, the Tennessee Williams play "A Streetcar Named Desire" opened on Broadway.

• In 1953, the musical "Kismet" opened on Broadway.

• In 1960, the musical "Camelot" opened on Broadway.

• In 1979, 11 people were killed in a crush of fans at Cincinnati's Riverfront Coliseum, where the British rock group The Who was performing.

• In 1998, Republicans jettisoned campaign fund-raising from their impeachment inquiry, clearing the way for a historic House Judiciary Committee vote over President Clinton's relationship with Monica Lewinsky and his effort to cover it up.

• In 2002, thousands of personnel files released under a court order showed that the Archdiocese of Boston went to great lengths to hide priests accused of abuse, including clergy who allegedly snorted cocaine and had sex with girls aspiring to be nuns.

In the world

• In 1967, surgeons in Cape Town, South Africa, led by Dr. Christiaan Barnard performed the first human heart transplant on Louis Washkansky, who lived 18 days with the new heart.

• In 1984, more than 4,000 people died after a cloud of gas escaped from a pesticide plant operated by a Union Carbide subsidiary in Bhopal, India.

• In 1991, radicals in Lebanon released American hostage Alann Steen, who'd been held captive nearly five years.

• In 1992, the Greek tanker Aegean Sea spilled 21.5 million gallons of crude oil when it ran aground at La Coruna, Spain.

• In 1993, Britain's Princess Diana, saying she was fed up with the media's intrusions into her life, announced she would be limiting her public appearances.



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