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This Day in History

Posted: Wednesday, January 15, 2003

In Alaska

• In 1887, Juneau's first paper, The Alaska Free Press, was started.

• In 1930, an underwater landslide at the Standard Oil installation on the Thane Road in Juneau caused $60,000 damage.

• In 1959, plans were announced by the Chugach Electric Association for construction of a nuclear reactor plant in the Knik Arm near Anchorage.

• In 1959, residents of the 49th state were reminded by the U.S. Postal Service never to abbreviate Alaska as "Ala.," when addressing letters.

In the Nation

• In 1844, the University of Notre Dame received its charter from the state of Indiana.

• In 1870, the Democratic Party was represented as a donkey for the first time in a cartoon by Thomas Nast in Harper's Weekly.

• In 1929, civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. was born in Atlanta, Ga.

• In 1943, work was completed on the Pentagon, now the headquarters of the U.S. Department of Defense.

• In 1967, the Green Bay Packers of the National Football League defeated the Kansas City Chiefs of the American Football League in the first Super Bowl, 35-10.

• In 1973, President Nixon announced the suspension of all U.S. offensive action in North Vietnam, citing progress in peace negotiations.

• In 1976, Sara Jane Moore was sentenced to life in prison for her attempt on the life of President Ford in San Francisco.

• In 1978, Lisa Levy and Margaret Bowman, two students at Florida State University in Tallahassee, were murdered in their sorority house. (Theodore Bundy was later convicted of the crime, and executed.)

• In 1998, Henry Cisneros' ex-mistress, Linda Medlar Jones, pleaded guilty to misleading federal authorities investigating the former U.S. housing secretary's payment of alleged hush money to her. Labor Secretary Alexis Herman denied allegations that she had sold her influence in the White House.

• In 2002, Attorney General John Ashcroft said that John Walker Lindh, the 20-year-old Californian who had fought alongside the Taliban in Afghanistan, would be charged with conspiracy to kill U.S. citizens and could face life in prison if convicted. (Lindh received a 20-year sentence after pleading guilty to supplying services to the Taliban and carrying explosives in commission of a felony.) Arthur Andersen LLP said it was firing senior auditor David B. Duncan, who had organized a "rushed disposal" of Enron documents after federal regulators requested information about the failing energy company. Michael Bilandic, former Chicago mayor and Illinois Supreme Court chief justice, died at age 78.

In the World

• In 1559, England's Queen Elizabeth I was crowned in Westminster Abbey.

• In 1942, Jawaharlal Nehru succeeded Mohandas K. Gandhi as head of India's National Congress Party.

• In 1992, the Yugoslav federation, founded in 1918, effectively collapsed as the European Community recognized the republics of Croatia and Slovenia.

• In 1993, in Paris, a historic disarmament ceremony ended with the last of 125 countries signing a treaty banning chemical weapons.



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