This Day in History

Posted: Thursday, January 17, 2008

In Alaska

• In 1925, Territorial 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 would strike Alaska, causing the Kenai Peninsula to slide into the sea. (She never made such a prediction.)

In the nation

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

• In 1917, the United States paid Denmark $25 million for the Virgin Islands.

• In 1961, in his farewell address, President Dwight 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 72 people.

• In 1998, President Bill 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 2003, Tom Ridge sailed through Senate confirmation hearings on his way to becoming the nation's first Homeland Security Department chief.

• In 2007, a year after disclosure of a domestic spying program that President Bush maintained was within his authority to operate, Attorney General Alberto Gonzales announced the administration had shifted its position and would seek the approval of an independent panel of federal judges.

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 1966, a U.S. Air Force B-52 carrying four unarmed hydrogen bombs crashed on the Spanish coast. (Three of the bombs were quickly recovered, but the fourth wasn't recovered until April.)

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

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