This Day in History

Posted: Wednesday, January 10, 2007

In Alaska

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• 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 1947, the musical fantasy "Finian's Rainbow," with music by Burton Lane and lyrics by E.Y. Harburg, opened on Broadway.

• In 1967, Massachusetts Republican Edward W. Brooke, the first black elected to the U.S. Senate by popular vote, took his seat. National Educational Television (forerunner of the Public Broadcasting Service) operated as a true network for the first time as it carried President Johnson's State of the Union address.

• In 1997, Dallas police ended their investigation of Dallas Cowboys stars Erik Williams and Michael Irvin, saying a woman's claim that Williams had raped her while Irvin held a gun to her head was false.

• In 2002, the White House revealed that Enron Corp. had sought the administration's help shortly before collapsing with the life savings of many workers. Todd Eldredge won his sixth U.S. Figure Skating Championship title.

• In 2005, Apple Computer CEO Steve Jobs unveiled an iMac computer based on Intel chips. Bruce Sutter became the fourth relief pitcher elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame.

In the world

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

• In 1946, the first manmade contact with the moon was made as radar signals were bounced off the lunar surface. 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 1984, the United States and the Vatican established full diplomatic relations for the first time in more than a century.

• In 2002, Marines began flying hundreds of al-Qaida prisoners in Afghanistan to a U.S. base on Cuba.

• In 2005, Iran resumed nuclear research two years after halting the work to avoid possible U.N. economic sanctions.

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