This Day in History

Posted: Tuesday, January 04, 2005

In Alaska

• In 1945, Anthony J. Dimond took the oath of U.S. District Judge at Anchorage.

• In 1959, an Alaska Airlines plane (DC-6C) set the record for fastest Fairbanks-to-Seattle run - 1,545 miles in 4 hours, 7 minutes.

• In 1969, for the first time, colored photos appeared on Alaska drivers licenses.

• In 1979, Chinese oilmen visited Prudhoe Bay. Eight oil officials from Taching, China, toured the Atlantic Richfield plant. Agriculture Secretary Bob Bergland asked that 5.6 million acres of Alaska national forest be designated wilderness. Eskimo leaders in Barrow blamed the bowhead quota for the shortage of whale meat. Barrow Mayor Eben Hobson reported that chicken was served at holiday meals for the first time in his memory.

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