This Day in History

Posted: Tuesday, January 15, 2008

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, plans were announced by the Chugach Electric Association 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, headquarters of the U.S. Department of Defense.

• In 1947, the mutilated remains of Elizabeth Short, the 22-year-old aspiring actress now 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 AFL-NFL World Championship Game, retroactively known as Super Bowl I.

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

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

• In 1998, Henry Cisneros' ex-mistress, Linda Medlar Jones, pleaded to misleading federal authorities investigating the former U.S. housing secretary's payment of alleged hush money to her. (Jones served nearly 18 months in prison; she was later pardoned by President Clinton.) Labor Secretary Alexis Herman denied allegations that she had sold her influence in the White House. (Herman was cleared in 2000 by Independent Counsel Ralph I. Lancaster.)

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