This Day in History

Posted: Friday, January 05, 2007

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• 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 '73. Gen. M. R. "Muktuk" Marston was given the 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 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 1957, President Eisenhower, in an address to Congress, proposed offering military assistance to Middle Eastern countries so they could resist Communist aggression; this became known as the Eisenhower Doctrine.

• In 1972, President Nixon ordered development of the space shuttle.

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