This Day in History

Posted: Friday, January 17, 2003

In Alaska

• In 1925, Gov. Scott C. Bone moved to the Alaska Executive Offices from the old Mission Building to the Goldstein Building in Juneau.

• In 1956, the fish house of the Juneau Cold Storage was destroyed by fire.

• In 1958, In a meeting at Petersburg, the Southeast Alaska Conference was formed as a permanent organization.

• In 1969, unsubstantiated rumors surfaced of clairvoyant Jeanne Dixon's prediction that a gigantic earthquake will strike Alaska causing the Kenai Peninsula to slide into the water. (She never made such a prediction.)

In the nation

• In 1706, Benjamin Franklin was born in Boston.

• In 1893, the 19th president of the United States, Rutherford B. Hayes, died in Fremont, Ohio, at age 70.

• In 1893, Hawaii's monarchy was overthrown as a group of businessmen and sugar planters forced Queen Liliuokalani to abdicate.

• In 1961, in his farewell address, President Eisenhower warned against the rise of "the military-industrial complex."

• In 1977, convicted murderer Gary Gilmore, 36, was shot by a firing squad at Utah State Prison in the first U.S. execution in a decade.

• In 1994, a 6.7 magnitude earthquake struck Southern California, killing at least 61 people.

• In 1998, President Clinton gave a deposition in Paula Jones' sexual harassment lawsuit against him; during the nearly six hours of sworn testimony, Clinton denied having had a sexual relationship with former White House intern Monica Lewinsky.

• In 2002, Enron fired accounting firm Arthur Andersen, citing its destruction of thousands of documents and its accounting advice; for its part, Andersen said its relationship with Enron ended in early December 2001 when the company slid into the biggest corporate bankruptcy in U.S. history.

In the world

• In 1945, Soviet and Polish forces liberated Warsaw during World War II.

• In 1945, Swedish diplomat Raoul Wallenberg, credited with saving tens of thousands of Jews, disappeared in Hungary while in Soviet custody.

• In 1946, the U.N. Security Council held its first meeting.

• In 1991, in the first day of Operation Desert Storm, U.S.-led forces hammered Iraqi targets in an effort to drive Iraq out of Kuwait; a defiant Iraqi President Saddam Hussein declared that the "mother of all battles" had begun.

• In 1993, The United States, accusing Iraq of a series of military provocations, unleashed Tomahawk missiles against a military complex eight miles from downtown Baghdad. President-elect Clinton, arriving in Washington for his inauguration, backed the action.

• In 1995, more than 6,000 people were killed when an earthquake with a magnitude of 7.2 devastated the city of Kobe, Japan.

• In 2002, a Palestinian gunman walked into a confirmation party in northern Israel and opened fire with an assault rifle, killing six people; the gunman was killed by police.

Page not found | Juneau Empire - Alaska's Capital City Online Newspaper

Page not found

We're sorry, but the page you were seeking does not exist. It may have been moved or expired.  Perhaps our search engine can help. 



  • Switchboard: 907-586-3740
  • Circulation and Delivery: 907-586-3740
  • Newsroom Fax: 907-586-9097
  • Business Fax: 907-586-9097
  • Accounts Receivable: 907-523-2230
  • View the Staff Directory
  • or Send feedback