This Day in History

Posted: Monday, January 05, 2004

In Alaska

• In 1917, the city of Juneau purchased a new fire engine, which was guaranteed to climb any hill while carrying 1,500 feet of hose and eight men.

• In 1925, a fire in the executive offices on Fifth Street in Juneau caused Gov. Scott Bone to move to the Goldstein Building.

• In 1959, the Alaska Committee for Hawaiian Statehood held its first meeting. Licensing of fish traps was banned in Alaska.

• In 1968, Benjamin Strong, the first Anchorage police officer to be slain while on duty, died of a single bullet wound inflicted while trying to stop a liquor store robbery.

• In 1979, a Bethel business was charged with 93 counts of bootlegging. Bethel residents voted for a dry town in 1973. General M. R. "Muktuk" Marston was given a National Guard Distinguished Service Medal for World War II service recruiting Eskimo Scout Battalions. Gov. Jay Hammond urged state unity to pass federal D-2 lands legislation.

• In 1985, the Alaska Railroad was sold by the federal government to the state of Alaska.

In the nation

• In 1781, a British naval expedition led by Benedict Arnold burned Richmond, Va.

• In 1895, French Capt. Alfred Dreyfus, convicted of treason, was publicly stripped of his rank. (He was ultimately vindicated.)

• In 1925, Nellie T. Ross succeeded her late husband as governor of Wyoming, becoming the first female governor in U.S. history.

• In 1949, in his State of the Union address, President Truman labeled his administration the "Fair Deal."

• In 1970, Joseph A. Yablonski, an unsuccessful candidate for the presidency of the United Mine Workers of America, was found killed with his wife and daughter at their Clarksville, Pa., home. UMWA President Anthony Boyle and three others were convicted of the murders.

• In 1993, the state of Washington executed Westley Allan Dodd, an admitted child sex killer, in America's first legal hanging since 1965.

In the world

• In 1896, an Austrian newspaper ("Wiener Presse") reported the discovery by German physicist Wilhelm Roentgen of a type of radiation that came to be known as X-rays.

• In 1994, the Clinton administration said North Korea had agreed to allow renewed international inspections of seven nuclear sites.

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