This Day in History

Posted: Sunday, January 02, 2005

In Alaska

• In 1917, a fire wiped out much of the business district in Valdez.

• In 1959, President Dwight Eisenhower approved the new 49-star American flag design, with the 49th star for Alaska.

• In 1966, St. Michael's Greek-Russian Orthodox Church was destroyed by a fire that wiped out much of Sitka's business district.

• In 1969, an early morning fire destroyed the broadcast facilities and the record library of KIFW-AM in Sitka.

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