This Day in History

Posted: Monday, January 05, 2009

In Alaska

• In 1917, the city of Juneau purchased a new fire engine which was guaranteed to climb any hill while carrying 1500 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 National guard Distinguished Service Medal for World War II service recruiting Eskimo Scout Battalions. Gov. 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 2008, a Piper Navajo Chieftain airplane crashed off Kodiak island in southern Alaska, killing six people.

In the nation

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

• In 1925, Nellie T. Ross became governor of Wyoming; she was the first female governor in U.S. history. (She succeeded Frank E. Lucas, who had served as acting governor following the death of Ross' husband, William B. Ross.)

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

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