This Day in History

Posted: Monday, January 08, 2007

In Alaska

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• In 1930, a fire destroyed the cannery at Auke Bay.

• In 1959, a fire gutted seven downtown Anchorage businesses in the wake of a 24-hour winter storm.

In the nation

• In 1815, U.S. forces led by Gen. Andrew Jackson defeated the British in the Battle of New Orleans - the closing engagement of the War of 1812.

• In 1918, President Wilson outlined his "14 Points" for lasting peace after World War I.

• In 1964, President Johnson declared a "War on Poverty" in his State of the Union address.

• In 1965, the Star of India and other stolen gems were returned to the American Museum of Natural History in New York.

• In 1982, American Telephone and Telegraph settled the Justice Department's antitrust lawsuit against it by agreeing to divest itself of the 22 Bell System companies.

• In 1987, for the first time, the Dow Jones industrial average closed above 2,000, ending the day at 2,002.25.

• In 1997, the state of Arkansas put three men to death in the second triple execution since capital punishment was reinstated in 1976. The U.S. Supreme Court heard arguments on whether to allow physician-assisted suicide.

• In 2002, President Bush signed the most far-reaching federal education bill in nearly four decades. Ozzie Smith, regarded as the finest-fielding shortstop ever, was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame on his first try.

• In 2003, a commuter plane crashed at the Charlotte, N.C., airport, killing all 21 people on board.

• In 2006, the first funerals were held in West Virginia for the 12 miners who'd died in the Sago Mine disaster six days earlier.

In the world

• In 1959, Charles De Gaulle was inaugurated as president of France's Fifth Republic.

• In 1973, secret peace talks between the U.S. and North Vietnam resumed near Paris.

• In 1997, Russian President Boris Yeltsin was hospitalized with early signs of pneumonia.

• In 2002, the Most Rev. George Carey, the Archbishop of Canterbury, announced his retirement as spiritual leader of the world's 70 million Anglicans.

• In 2003, a Turkish Airlines jet crashed in Turkey, killing 75 people.

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