This Day in History

Posted: Tuesday, January 14, 2003

In Alaska

In 1869, the USS Saginaw, under the command of Cmdr. Richard W. Meade, USN, shelled a number of Kake villages.

In 1959, Gov. William Egan suffered an acute pancreatic attack.

In 1959, applications opened for new state license plates.

In 1971, Gov. William Egan announced plans to construct three new state ferries and the planned sale of the ferry Wickersham.

In 1979, Canadian and Alaska fishermen questioned long-term effects of Japanese presence in NW coast fisheries.

In 1979, the Armed Forces Radio Network sends satellite television to remote military posts, with the Defense Department's first TV network at Elmendorf Air Force Base.

In the nation

In 1639, the first constitution of Connecticut - the "Fundamental Orders" - was adopted.

In 1784, the United States ratified a peace treaty with England ending the Revolutionary War.

In 1952, NBC's "Today" show premiered, with Dave Garroway as the host.

In 1963, George C. Wallace was sworn in as governor of Alabama with a pledge of "segregation forever."

In 1969, 25 crew members of the U.S. aircraft carrier Enterprise were killed in an explosion that ripped through the ship off Hawaii.

In 1970, Diana Ross and the Supremes performed their last concert as a group, at the Frontier Hotel in Las Vegas.

In 1993, Retreating from a campaign promise, President-elect Clinton said he would continue President Bush's policy of forcibly returning Haitian boat people to Haiti. Talk show host David Letterman announced he was moving from NBC to CBS.

In 1998, Whitewater prosecutors questioned Hillary Rodham Clinton at the White House for 10 minutes about the gathering of FBI background files on past Republican political appointees. (Sources quoted Mrs. Clinton as saying she knew nothing about any such collection of files.) NBC agreed to pay Warner Bros. $13 million per episode to retain the highly rated TV show "E.R."

In 2002, two members of Congress released excerpts of a letter to Enron Chairman Kenneth Lay the previous August in which Enron executive Sherron Watkins warned of the reckless practices that eventually brought down the energy-trading giant.

In the World

In 1742, English astronomer Edmond Halley, who observed the comet that now bears his name, died at age 85.

In 1858, French Emperor Napoleon III escaped an attempt on his life.

In 1900, Puccini's opera "Tosca" received a mixed reception at its world premiere in Rome.

In 1943, U.S. President Franklin Roosevelt and British Prime Minister Winston Churchill opened a wartime conference in Casablanca.

In 1953, Josip Broz Tito was elected president of Yugoslavia by the country's Parliament.

In 2002, the World Trade Organization decided the European Union could ask for punitive tariffs on U.S. imports.

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