This Day in History

Posted: Sunday, January 09, 2005

In Alaska

• In 1797, Baron Ferdinand Von Wrangell, Russian governor, was born.

• In 1901, Fred Welty and Ernest Johns of Marys Igloo reached Nome after being caught without provisions in a three-day blizzard. They reported that horses had eaten their tent.

• In 1939, a diphtheria epidemic closed Juneau schools and children were not allowed to leave their homes or yards.

• In 1959, the Legislative Council recommended an annual salary of $3,000 for Alaska lawmakers, plus $40 per day for expenses during session.

• In 1979, a fire swept through a Fairbanks mobile home after the owner tried to thaw the pipes with a weed burner. The U.S. Department of Commerce decided to return management of seven marine mammals to the state of Alaska.

In the nation

• In 1788, Connecticut became the fifth state to ratify the U.S. Constitution.

• In 1793, Frenchman Jean Pierre Blanchard, using a hot-air balloon, flew between Philadelphia and Woodbury, N.J.

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