This Day in History

Posted: Tuesday, December 04, 2007

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

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

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

• In 1939, radio-telephone rates were reduced between Alaska and the United States. 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.

• In 1918, President Wilson set sail for France to attend the Versailles Peace Conference.

• In 1942, President Roosevelt ordered the dismantling of the Works Progress Administration, which had been created to provide jobs during the Depression.

• In 1965, the United States launched Gemini 7 with Air Force Lt. Col. Frank Borman and Navy Commander James A. Lovell aboard.

• In 1978, San Francisco got its first female mayor as City Supervisor Dianne Feinstein was named to replace the assassinated George Moscone.

• In 1991, the original Pan American World Airways ceased operations.

• In 2002, United Airlines lost its bid for $1.8 billion in federal loan guarantees, a major setback to the nation's second-largest air carrier in its efforts to avoid bankruptcy.

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