This Day in History

Posted: Wednesday, January 17, 2007

In Alaska

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

• In 1958, in a meeting in Petersburg, the Southeast Alaska Conference was formed.

In the nation

• 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 60 people and causing $20 billion in damage.

• In 1997, speaker Newt Gingrich agreed to submit to a reprimand by the House and pay a $300,000 penalty as punishment for his ethics violations.

• In 2002, Enron fired accounting firm Arthur Andersen, citing its destruction of thousands of documents and its accounting advice.

• In 2006, the Supreme Court protected Oregon's assisted-suicide law, ruling that doctors there who helped terminally ill patients die could not be arrested under federal drug laws.

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