This Day in History

Posted: Monday, January 29, 2007

In Alaska

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• In 1914, Juneau Camp 4 of the Alaska Native Brotherhood was organized.

• In 1942, the U.S. Army activated Fort Randall at Cold Bay with 48 officers and 1122 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 Alaska Court System.

• In 1969, Sen. Mike Gravel discovered he was alone in the steambath 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 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 compromise proposals on slavery.

• 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 pro football's Hall of Fame were named in Canton, Ohio.

• 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 nurse Emily Lyons. (The bomber, Eric Rudolph, was captured in May 2003.)

• In 1997, threatened with lawsuits across the country, America Online agreed to give refunds to customers who weren't able to log on because of the overwhelming demand created by AOL's flat $19.95 per month rate.

• In 2002, in his first State of the Union address, President Bush said terrorists were still threatening America - and he warned of "an axis of evil" consisting of North Korea, Iran and Iraq.

In the world

• In 1820, Britain's King George III died at Windsor Castle, ending a reign that had seen both the American and French revolutions.

• In 1996, fire destroyed Italy's opera house La Fenice.

• In 2006, ABC "World News Tonight" co-anchor Bob Woodruff and a cameraman were seriously injured in a roadside bombing in Iraq. Roger Federer won his seventh Grand Slam title, overcoming an early challenge from unseeded Marcos Baghdatis to win the Australian Open 5-7, 7-5, 6-0, 6-2.

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