This Day in History

Posted: Monday, January 13, 2003

In Alaska

• In 1946, The Anchorage Daily News began publication with Norman Brown as editor.

• In 1948, Eielson Air Force Base near Anchorage was dedicated.

• In 1979, Bagpipes serenaded Gov. Jay and Bella Hammond as they entered each of three inaugural balls for a "festive starlit night of dancing in Juneau" honoring Hammond's second term.

In the nation

• In 1794, President Washington approved a measure adding two stars and two stripes to the American flag, following the admission of Vermont and Kentucky to the union. (The number of stripes was later reduced to the original 13.)

• In 1864, composer Stephen Foster died in New York.

• In 1962, comedian Ernie Kovacs died in a car crash in west Los Angeles.

• In 1966, Robert C. Weaver became the first black Cabinet member as he was appointed secretary of housing and urban development by President Johnson.

• In 1978, former Vice President Hubert H. Humphrey died in Waverly, Minn., at age 66.

• In 1982, an Air Florida 737 crashed into Washington D.C.'s 14th Street Bridge after takeoff and fell into the Potomac River, killing 78 people.

• In 1990, L. Douglas Wilder of Virginia became the nation's first elected black governor as he took the oath of office in Richmond.

• In 1992, Israeli, Palestinian and Jordanian negotiators began historic talks in Washington on Palestinian autonomy.

• In 1993, the space shuttle Endeavour blasted off from Cape Canaveral.

• In 1998, Linda Tripp wore a hidden microphone for the FBI and recorded a conversation with former White House intern Monica Lewinsky. The National Football League completed a blockbuster $9.2 billion deal with the Walt Disney Co., which got to keep "Monday Night Football" for ABC and won the entire Sunday night cable package for ESPN.

• In 2002, Treasury Secretary Paul O'Neill and Commerce Secretary Don Evans said on the Sunday talk shows they had never considered intervening in Enron's spiral toward bankruptcy, nor informed President Bush of requests for help from the fallen energy giant. President Bush fainted briefly after choking on a pretzel while watching a football game.

In the world

• In 1893, Britain's Independent Labor Party (a precursor to the current Labor Party) held its first meeting.

• In 1898, Emile Zola's famous defense of Captain Alfred Dreyfus, "J'accuse," was published in Paris.

• In 1941, novelist James Joyce died in Zurich, Switzerland.

• In 1993, American and allied warplanes raided southern Iraq. Marine Pfc. Domingo Arroyo became the first U.S. serviceman to be killed in Somalia. Former East German leader Erich Honecker was freed from prison and allowed to leave for Chile.

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