This Day in History

Posted: Monday, January 10, 2005

In Alaska

• In 1882, the name of the local post office was changed from Harrisburgh to Juneau.

• In 1935, residents moved into the new Pioneers' Home building in Sitka.

• In 1979, the Glacier Queen, a 203-foot converted ferry, floated to the surface after spending two months on the bottom of Seldovia Bay.

In the nation

• In 1776, Thomas Paine published his influential pamphlet, "Common Sense."

• In 1861, Florida seceded from the Union.

• In 1870, John D. Rockefeller incorporated Standard Oil.

• In 1980, former AFL-CIO president George Meany died in Washington, D.C., at age 85.

• In 1984, the United States and the Vatican established full diplomatic relations for the first time in more than a century.

• In 2000, America Online announced it was buying Time Warner for $162 billion.

In the world

• In 1863, London's Metropolitan, the world's first underground passenger railway, opened to the public.

• In 1920, the League of Nations was established as the Treaty of Versailles went into effect.

• In 1928, the Soviet Union ordered the exile of Leon Trotsky.

• In 1946, the first General Assembly of the United Nations convened in London.

• In 1957, Harold Macmillan became prime minister of Britain, following the resignation of Anthony Eden.

• In 1978, the Soviet Union launched two cosmonauts aboard a Soyuz capsule for a rendezvous with the Salyut 6 space laboratory.

• In 1995, Russia announced a 48-hour truce in breakaway Chechnya, but the cease-fire fell apart after only a few hours.

• In 2000, peace talks between Israel and Syria recessed in West Virginia without agreement on new borders or any other major elements of a land-for-peace treaty.

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