This Day in History

Posted: Wednesday, January 12, 2005

In Alaska

• 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 Senator 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. Decrying 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. A U.S. District judge dismissed a suit filed against the U.S. Government by an Alaskan Eskimo over whaling quotas.

In the nation

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

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

• 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 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 1995, Qubilah Shabazz, the daughter of Malcolm X, was arrested in Minneapolis on charges she'd tried to hire a hit man to kill Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan (the charges were later dropped in a settlement with the government).

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