This Day in History

Posted: Thursday, January 29, 2004

In Alaska

• In 1914, Juneau Camp No. 4 of the Alaska Native Brotherhood was organized.

• In 1942, the U.S. Army activated Fort Randall at Cold Bay with 48 officers and 1,122 enlisted men.

• In 1959, Gulkana, in the Upper Copper River Valley, was proposed as a site for a new state capital to replace Juneau. A bill was introduced in the Alaska Legislature that would eventually set up the Alaska Court System.

• In 1969, Sen. Mike Gravel discovered he was alone in the steam bath of the Senate Gymnasium with the man he defeated in his race for the U.S. Senate, Ernest Gruening. According to Gravel, the two sat with their faces buried in magazines and did not speak to one another.

• In 1979, 23 people in Anchorage were stricken with trichinosis after eating black bear meat that was not fully cooked. The new Anchorage Federal Building opened.

In the nation

• In 1843, the 25th president of the United States, William McKinley, was born in Niles, Ohio.

• In 1845, Edgar Allan Poe's poem "The Raven" was first published, in the New York Evening Mirror.

• In 1850, Henry Clay introduced in the Senate a compromise bill on slavery that included the admission of California into the Union as a free state.

• In 1861, Kansas became the 34th state of the Union.

• In 1936, the first members of baseball's Hall of Fame, including Ty Cobb and Babe Ruth, were named in Cooperstown, N.Y.

• In 1958, actors Paul Newman and Joanne Woodward were married.

• In 1963, the first members of football's Hall of Fame were named in Canton, Ohio. Poet Robert Frost died in Boston at age 88.

• In 1979, President Carter formally welcomed Chinese Vice Premier Deng Xiaoping to the White House, following the establishment of diplomatic relations.

• In 1998, a bomb rocked an abortion clinic in Birmingham, Ala., killing Robert Sanderson, an off-duty police officer working as a security guard, and critically injuring Emily Lyons, a nurse. A suspect, Eric Rudolph, was captured in May 2003.

• In 1999, the Senate delivered subpoenas for Monica Lewinsky and two of President Clinton's advisers, summoning them for private, videotaped testimony in the impeachment trial. Attorney General Janet Reno rejected a special prosecutor investigation of former White House deputy chief of staff Harold Ickes.

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