This Day in History

Posted: Sunday, January 12, 2003

In Alaska

• In 1876, Jack London was born on this day. He lived until 1916.

• In 1939, the Territorial Board of the Budget recommended to the Legislature a $4 million, two-year budget, which was less than the expected revenues of $4.2 million.

• In 1943, the Amchitka Army post was activated with 101 officers and 1844 enlisted men.

• In 1969, a new state ferry was named for the late Sen. E.L. (Bob) Bartlett.

• In 1979, Governor Jay Hammond and Lt. Gov. Terry Miller were inaugurated in Juneau. (They were officially sworn in in December.)

• In 1979, decrying President Carter's withdrawal of 56 million acres of federal lands in Alaska, Anchorage protesters carried signs reading "Can The Peanut Farmer" outside the Federal Building.

• In 1979, a U.S. District judge dismissed a suit filed against the U.S. government by an Alaska Eskimo over whaling quotas.

In the Nation

• In 1773, the first public museum in America was established, in Charleston, S.C.

• In 1915, the U.S. House of Representatives rejected a proposal to give women the right to vote.

• In 1932, Hattie W. Caraway became the first woman elected to the U.S. Senate.

• In 1942, President Roosevelt created the National War Labor Board.

• In 1948, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that states could not discriminate against law-school applicants because of race.

• In 1966, President Johnson said in his State of the Union address that the United States should stay in South Vietnam until Communist aggression there was ended.

• In 1971, the groundbreaking situation comedy "All in the Family" premiered on CBS television.

• In 1986, the shuttle Columbia blasted off with a crew that included the first Hispanic-American in space, Dr. Franklin R. Chang-Diaz.

• In 1998, Linda Tripp provided Independent Counsel Kenneth Starr's office with taped conversations between herself and former White House intern Monica Lewinsky. CBS signed a $4 billion, eight-year deal to televise American Football Conference games on Sunday afternoons; Fox signed a $4.4 billion, eight-year contract to continue showing National Football Conference games on Sunday afternoons.

• In 2002, Michelle Kwan won her fifth successive U.S. Figure Skating Championships crown and sixth overall.

In the World

• In 1519, Holy Roman Emperor Maximilian I died.

• In 1945, during World War II, Soviet forces began a huge offensive against the Germans in Eastern Europe.

• In 1964, leftist rebels in Zanzibar began their successful revolt against the government.

• In 1993, memorial services were held in Paris for ballet dancer Rudolf Nureyev and in New York for jazz trumpeter Dizzy Gillespie, both of whom had died on Jan. 6.

• In 1998, 19 European nations signed a treaty in Paris opposing human cloning.

• In 2002, the United States intensified its anti-terror campaign in eastern Afghanistan, dropping bombs on suspected al-Qaida and Taliban hideouts.

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