This Day in History

Posted: Wednesday, January 03, 2007

In Alaska

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• In 1939, the bank balance for the Territory of Alaska was reported to be $1 million.

• In 1955, Walter B. Heisel of Juneau was commissioned to be collector of customs for Alaska.

• In 1959, President Dwight Eisenhower signed a proclamation admitting Alaska to the United States, a "moment after the stroke of noon." William Egan was sworn in as the first governor of Alaska, at 9:18 am. At 1 p.m., he was admitted to Juneau's St. Ann's hospital, later to have surgery for removal of a gallstone in Seattle.

• In 1969, the Alaska Board of Fish and Game permanently revoked the guide license of a Kodiak-based guide serving as Royal Guide to King Mahendra of Nepal for the illegal killing of a brown bear and a mountain goat.

• In 1971, Southcentral Alaska received its first live network sports broadcast on Anchorage's KTVA station - a Denver Colts/San Francisco 49ers football game.

In the nation

• In 1777, Gen. George Washington's army routed the British in the Battle of Princeton, N.J.

• In 1938, the "March of Dimes" campaign to fight polio was organized.

• In 1947, congressional proceedings were televised for the first time as viewers in Washington, Philadelphia and New York got to see some of the opening ceremonies of the 80th Congress.

• In 1961, the United States severed diplomatic ties with Cuba.

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