This Day in History

Posted: Wednesday, January 26, 2005

In Alaska

• In 1917, the Canadian steamer Prince John was wrecked in Wrangell Narrows. It was later salvaged.

• In 1959, the first session of the Alaska Legislature convened in Juneau.

• In 1974, KTOO-FM, Alaska's first non-commercial, listener-supported radio station, signed on the air.

In the nation

• In 1802, Congress passed an act calling for a library to be established within the U.S. Capitol.

• In 1837, Michigan became the 26th state.

• In 1861, Louisiana seceded from the Union.

• In 1870, Virginia rejoined the Union.

• In 1962, the United States launched Ranger 3 to land scientific instruments on the moon - but the probe missed its target by some 22,000 miles.

• In 1979, former Vice President Nelson A. Rockefeller died in New York at age 70.

• In 1995, a little more than three weeks after Republicans had taken control of Congress, the House endorsed a balanced-budget amendment to the Constitution designed to eliminate chronic federal deficits.

• In 2004, the White House retreated from its once-confident claims that Iraq had weapons of mass destruction. Lionel Tate, the Florida teen who'd killed a 6-year-old playmate and became the youngest defendant in the nation to be locked away for life, was released after three years behind bars.

In the world

• In 1788, the first European settlers in Australia, led by Capt. Arthur Phillip, landed in present-day Sydney.

• In 1841, Britain formally occupied Hong Kong, which the Chinese had ceded to the British.

• In 1911, the Richard Strauss opera "Der Rosenkavalier" premiered in Dresden, Germany.

• In 1942, the first American expeditionary force to go to Europe during World War II went ashore in Northern Ireland.

• In 1950, India officially proclaimed itself a republic as Rajendra Prasad took the oath of office as president.

• In 2004, at least 16 people were killed in the collapse of a building in Nasr City, Egypt.

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