This Day in History

Posted: Thursday, January 08, 2009

In Alaska, in the Nation and the World

In Alaska

• In 1930, the cannery at Auke Bay was gutted by fire.

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

In the nation

• In 1798, the 11th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution was declared in effect by President John Adams nearly three years after its ratification by the states; it prohibited a citizen of one state from suing another state in federal court.

• 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 Woodrow Wilson outlined his "Fourteen Points" for lasting peace after World War I. Mississippi became the first state to ratify the 18th Amendment to the Constitution, which established Prohibition.

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

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

• In 1999, by a unanimous vote, senators formally ratified the rules for President Bill Clinton's impeachment trial. The top two executives of Salt Lake City's Olympic organizing committee resigned amid disclosures that civic boosters had given cash to members of the International Olympic Committee.

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

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