This Day in History

Posted: Friday, January 14, 2005

In Alaska

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

• In 1959, Gov. William Egan suffered an acute pancreatic attack. Applications opened for new state of Alaska license plates.

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

• In 1979, Canadian and Alaskan fishermen questioned long-term effects of Japanese presence in Northwest coast fisheries. 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 the world

• 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, President Roosevelt and British Prime Minister Winston Churchill opened a wartime conference in Casablanca.

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

• In 1995, Russian troops in the breakaway republic of Chechnya captured the Council of Ministers building, a key rebel position in the capital Grozny. Pope John Paul II addressed a rally in Manila, urging young people to reject cynicism.

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