This Day in History

Posted: Thursday, December 04, 2003

In Alaska

• In 1912, the 100-stamp mill at the Perseverance Mine in the Silverbow Basin was destroyed by fire.

• In 1932, a fire destroyed the main school building in Fairbanks.

• In 1934, Cordova was struck by gale force winds that did $100,000 damage in two days.

• In 1939, radio-telephone rates were reduced between Alaska and the Lower 48. The new Seattle-Juneau rate was $6 for the first three minutes, down from $9.

• In 1972, plans were unveiled in Anchorage by the El Paso Natural Gas Company for a natural gas pipeline from the North Slope to a Southcentral port.

• In 1978, Jay Hammond was sworn in for his second term as governor of Alaska.

In the nation

• In 1783, Gen. George Washington bade farewell to his officers at Fraunces Tavern in New York.

• In 1816, James Monroe of Virginia was elected the fifth president of the United States.

• In 1875, William Marcy Tweed, the "Boss" of New York City's Tammany Hall political organization, escaped from jail and fled the country.

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