This Day in History

Posted: Monday, January 15, 2007

In Alaska

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

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

• In 1959, Chugach Electric Association announced plans for construction of a nuclear reactor plant in the Knik Arm near Anchorage. 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 1777, the people of New Connecticut declared their independence. (The tiny republic later became the state of Vermont.)

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

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

• In 1947, the mutilated remains of Elizabeth Short, the 22-year-old aspiring actress known as the "Black Dahlia," were found in a vacant Los Angeles lot.

• In 1967, the Green Bay Packers of the National Football League defeated the Kansas City Chiefs of the American Football League 35-10 in the first Super Bowl (although the matchup was then officially called the AFL-NFL World Championship Game).

• 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 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 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.

In the world

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

• In 1942, Jawaharlal Nehru was named to succeed Mohandas K. Gandhi as head of India's National Congress Party.

• In 1997, a bitterly divided Israeli Cabinet agreed to withdraw troops from most of Hebron and rural West Bank areas, approving an accord wrapped up hours earlier by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat. The crews of the shuttle Atlantis and the Russian space station Mir had a raucously joyful meeting, hours after their spacecraft had docked.

• In 2006, after a seven-year journey, a NASA space capsule, Stardust, returned safely to Earth with the first dust ever fetched from a comet. Michelle Bachelet was elected Chile's first woman president. Kuwait's longtime ruler, Sheik Jaber Al Ahmed Al Sabah, died; he was replaced by the crown prince, Sheik Saad Al Abdullah Al Sabah.

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