This Day in History

Posted: Tuesday, January 01, 2008

In Alaska

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• In 1903, the Juneau and Douglas high schools played a football game that may have been Alaska's first.

• In 1913, Governor and Mrs. Walter Clark held an open house to dedicate the new Governor's Mansion in Juneau.

• In 1918, the Territory of Alaska went dry based on a vote in 1916.

• In 1964, the Hawver Building, one of the oldest in Anchorage (built in 1919), was completely destroyed by fire.

In the nation

• In 1808, a law prohibiting the import of slaves into the United States went into effect.

• In 1863, President Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation, declaring that slaves in rebel states were free.

• In 1892, the Ellis Island Immigrant Station in New York formally opened.

• In 1898, New York City was consolidated into five boroughs.

• In 1998, a new anti-smoking law went into effect in California, prohibiting people from lighting up in bars.

• In 2003, more than two dozen surgeons stopped working in West Virginia to protest the high cost of malpractice insurance.

• In 2007, President Bush and first lady Laura Bush joined thousands of other mourners in paying respects to former President Ford. Denver Broncos cornerback Darrent Williams was killed in a drive-by shooting; he was 24.

In the world

• In 1901, the Commonwealth of Australia was proclaimed.

• In 1959, Fidel Castro led Cuban revolutionaries to victory over Fulgencio Batista.

• In 1984, the breakup of AT&T took place as the telecommunications giant was divested of its 22 Bell System companies under terms of an antitrust agreement.

• In 1994, the North American Free Trade Agreement went into effect.

• In 1997, Kofi Annan assumed the title of United Nations secretary-general.

• In 1999, the euro, the new single currency of 11 European countries (later 15), officially came into existence with the start of the New Year. (The euro became legal tender on this date in 2002.)

• In 2003, Brazil's first elected leftist president, Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, took office.

• In 2007, an Indonesian Boeing 737 jetliner crashed, killing all 102 people on board. Ban Ki-moon became the eighth U.N. secretary-general.

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