This Day in History

Posted: Monday, January 17, 2005

In Alaska

• In 1925, Gov. Scott C. Bone moved 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 would 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 1955, the submarine USS Nautilus made its first nuclear-powered test run from its berth in Groton, Conn.

• 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 1984, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled 5-4 that the private use of home video cassette recorders to tape television programs did not violate federal copyright laws.

• In 1994, a 6.7 magnitude earthquake struck Southern California, killing at least 61 people and causing $20 billion worth of damage.

• In 2000, decrying the Confederate flag as a symbol of slavery and racism, nearly 50,000 people marched to South Carolina's Statehouse on Martin Luther King Day to demand the banner be taken down.

• In 2004, Hollywood producer Ray Stark died at age 88.

In the world

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

• In 1945, Soviet and Polish forces liberated Warsaw during World War II. Swedish diplomat Raoul Wallenberg, credited with saving tens of thousands of Jews, disappeared in Hungary while in Soviet custody.

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