This Day in History

Posted: Friday, January 26, 2007

In Alaska

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

• In 1959, the first 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 1837, Michigan became the 26th state.

• In 1861, Louisiana seceded from the Union.

• In 1870, Virginia rejoined the Union.

• In 1907, Congress passed the Tillman Act, which prohibited corporations from making direct campaign contributions to federal election candidates.

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

• In 1997, the Green Bay Packers beat the New England Patriots 35-21 to win their first Super Bowl in 29 years.

• In 2002, in a preview of his State of the Union address, President Bush pledged in his Saturday radio address to "work to create jobs and renew the strength of our economy."

• In 2006, confronted by Oprah Winfrey on her syndicated talk show, author James Frey acknowledged lies in his addiction memoir "A Million Little Pieces."

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

• 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.

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