This Day in History

Posted: Thursday, January 18, 2007

In Alaska

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• In 1909, Robert Stroud, later known as the Birdman of Alcatraz, shot and killed J.K.F. von Dahmer in Juneau.

• In 1959, long-distance calls were made faster, permitting operators to dial direct to and from Alaska without going through Seattle.

• In 1979, Gov. Jay Hammond presented the first $1 billion budget in the state's history. The motion picture "Bear Island," starring Lloyd Bridges and Barbara Parkins, was being filmed in Glacier Bay. The Eklutna Village Corp fought to keep newly claimed Alaska Railroad lands.

In the nation

• In 1943, a wartime ban on the sale of pre-sliced bread in the U.S. - aimed at reducing bakeries' demand for metal replacement parts - went into effect.

• In 1957, a trio of B-52's completed the first nonstop, round-the-world flight by jet planes, landing at March Air Force Base in California after more than 45 hours aloft.

• In 1967, Albert DeSalvo, who claimed to be the "Boston Strangler," was convicted in Cambridge, Mass., of armed robbery, assault and sex offenses. (Sentenced to life, DeSalvo was killed by a fellow inmate in 1973.)

• In 1990, a jury in Los Angeles acquitted former preschool operators Raymond Buckey and his mother, Peggy McMartin Buckey, of 52 child molestation charges.

• In 2002, '70s radical-turned-suburban mother Sara Jane Olson was sentenced in Los Angeles to 20 years to life in prison for plotting to blow up a pair of police cars 27 years earlier. Talk magazine announced it was shutting down, less than three years after its highly publicized launch.

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