This Day in History

Posted: Monday, December 27, 2004

In Alaska

• In 1947, a B-29 bomber missing from Ladd Field in Fairbanks for four days was sighted on the northern Seward Peninsula. Six out of 11 survived the crash.

• In 1955, the eight crewmen of an Air Force C-119 "Flying Boxcar" escaped death as the aircraft crashed on takeoff at the Sparrevohn Radar Base in Western Alaska.

• In 1965, Vice President Hubert Humphrey stopped in Anchorage for 45 minutes on his way to the Far East.

In the nation

• In 1900, militant prohibitionist Carry A. Nation carried out her first public smashing of a bar, at the Carey Hotel in Wichita, Kan.

• In 1904, 100 years ago, James Barrie's play "Peter Pan: The Boy Who Wouldn't Grow Up" opened at the Duke of York's Theater in London.

• In 1927, the musical play "Show Boat," with music by Jerome Kern and libretto by Oscar Hammerstein II, opened at the Ziegfeld Theater in New York.

• In 1932, Radio City Music Hall opened in New York.

• In 1947, the children's television program "Howdy Doody" made its debut on NBC.

• In 1999, former television executive Leonard H. Goldenson, who'd built ABC into a network powerhouse, died in Longboat Key, Fla., at age 94.

In the world

• In 1822, scientist Louis Pasteur was born in Dole, France.

• In 1831, naturalist Charles Darwin set out on a voyage to the Pacific aboard the HMS "Beagle." Darwin's discoveries during the trip helped to form the basis of his theories on evolution.

• In 1945, 28 nations signed an agreement creating the World Bank.

• In 1968, Apollo 8 and its three astronauts made a safe, nighttime splashdown in the Pacific.

• In 1979, Soviet forces seized control of Afghanistan. President Hafizullah Amin, who was overthrown and executed, was replaced by Babrak Karmal.

• In 1985, Palestinian guerrillas opened fire inside the Rome and Vienna airports; a total of 20 people were killed, including five of the attackers, who were slain by police and security personnel.

• In 1994, four Roman Catholic priests - three French and a Belgian - were shot to death in their rectory in Algiers, a day after French commandos killed four radicals who'd hijacked an Air France jet from Algiers to Marseille.

• In 1999, space shuttle Discovery and its seven-member crew returned to Earth after fixing the Hubble Space Telescope.

• In 2003, coordinated rebel assaults in Karbala, Iraq, killed 13 people, including six coalition soldiers. Actor Alan Bates died in London at age 69.

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