This Day in History

Posted: Tuesday, January 06, 2009

In Alaska, in the Nation and the World

In Alaska

• In 1874, the post office of Unalaska was established and discontinued the following September. It was re-established as Ounalaska in 1888, and became Unalaska in 1898.

• In 1959, Sen. E.L. "Bob" Bartlett won a coin toss with Sen. Ernest Gruening to claim the distinction of being Alaska's "senior" senator. The first shipment of new Alaska 7-cent airmail stamps sold out in Anchorage.

• In 1961, Mount Trident - in the Katmai National Monument in the Alaska Peninsula - erupted, sending a column of smoke and ash nearly 20,000 feet into the air.

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