This Day in History

Posted: Sunday, January 19, 2003

In Alaska

• In 1900, the Military Department of Alaska was established by the Secretary of War.

• In 1905, a new record for telegraphic service to Nome was established, when a local businessman received a message from New York that had been sent just under six hours earlier.

• In 1907, the power house of the Citizens Light and Power Company of Ketchikan was destroyed by fire.

• In 1959, Gov. Bill Egan left the state for a Seattle hospital stay in wake of recent surgery.

• In 1959, a million-dollar budget for Alaska parks and monuments was recommended to President Eisenhower.

• In 1979, a Fairbanks woman who was injured when her waterbed rolled, pinning her to the floor for 11 hours, received $150,000 from the manufacturer.

In the Nation

• In 1807, Robert E. Lee, the commander-in-chief of the Confederate armies, was born in Stratford, Va.

• In 1809, author Edgar Allan Poe was born in Boston.

• In 1861, Georgia seceded from the Union.

• In 1944, the federal government relinquished control of the nation's railroads following settlement of a wage dispute.

• In 1955, a presidential news conference was filmed for television for the first time, with permission from President Eisenhower.

• In 1970, President Nixon nominated G. Harrold Carswell to the Supreme Court; however, the nomination was defeated because of controversy over Carswell's past racial views.

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