This Day in History

Posted: Wednesday, January 25, 2006

In Alaska

• In 1930, the Eielson-Borland plane, which disappeared on Nov. 9, 1929, was found in Siberia.

• In 1959, first indoor heated swimming pool in Alaska opened in Fairbanks.

• In 1979, Sen. Durkin D-New Hampshire, introduced D-2 land bill in the Senate. Similar to Udall's House bill, it set aside wilderness areas in the national forest lands of Alaska.

• In 1979, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service drafted a U.S.-Canada treaty on joint management of Alaska caribou.

• In 1979, a Kodiak Superior Court judge declared unconstitutional a law denying medical benefits to Alaska a commercial fisherman injured outside the three-mile limit.

• In 1979, an earthquake measuring 5.3 on the Richter scale rocked the Mount Iliamna area 60 miles west of Homer.

In the nation

• In 1787, Shays' Rebellion suffered a setback when debt-ridden farmers led by Capt. Daniel Shays failed to capture an arsenal at Springfield, Mass.

• In 1890, reporter Nellie Bly (Elizabeth Cochrane) of the New York World completed a round-the-world journey in 72 days, six hours and 11 minutes.

• In 1890, the United Mine Workers of America was founded.

• In 1915, the inventor of the telephone, Alexander Graham Bell, inaugurated transcontinental telephone service.

• In 1946, the United Mine Workers rejoined the American Federation of Labor.

• In 1959, American Airlines opened the jet age in the United States with the first scheduled transcontinental flight of a Boeing 707.

• In 1961, President Kennedy held the first presidential news conference carried live on radio and television.

• In 1971, Charles Manson and three women followers were convicted in Los Angeles of murder and conspiracy in the 1969 slayings of seven people, including actress Sharon Tate.

• In 1981, the 52 Americans held hostage by Iran for 444 days arrived in the United States.

• In 1995, with Republicans bruised by two government shutdowns, the House overwhelmingly approved legislation to keep federal agencies running through March 15, 1996.

• In 2000, a jury in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., found 13-year-old Lionel Tate guilty of first-degree murder in the death of a 6-year-old family friend (Tate had said he accidentally killed the girl while imitating moves by pro wrestlers).

• In 2004, a videotape showed Roy Hallums, an American kidnapped in Baghdad the previous November, pleading for his life. (Hallums was rescued by coalition troops on Sept. 7, 2005.)

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