This Day in History

Posted: Thursday, January 12, 2006

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 1,844 enlisted men.

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

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

• In 1979, decrying President Jimmy 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 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 U.S. should stay in South Vietnam until Communist aggression there was ended.

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

• In 2000, the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights concluded a two-day hearing on Florida's presidential election, with members accusing Secretary of State Katherine Harris of presiding over a "disaster" and trying to shift blame to others.

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