This Day in History

Posted: Tuesday, February 01, 2005

In Alaska

In 1898, the Daily Alaskan began publishing in Skagway and continued for 26 years.

In 1905, the U.S. Forest Service was established.

In 1914, the Alaska Sunday Morning Post was established in Juneau.

In 1922, John C. McBride of Juneau took office as collector of customs for Alaska.

In 1939, a sailors strike threatened operations of Alaska-bound ships.

In 1959, the state House of Representatives passed a pay bill for legislators, giving each $3,000 a year, plus $40 a day during session for expenses.

In 1969, an unattended riderless tractor cut a wide swath of destruction in Fort Wainwright, running over a 10-man tent, crashing into a home and ripping off the wall of bedrooms in which people were sleeping.

In 1969, Project Chariot, a plan to blast out a new harbor in Alaska north of the Arctic Circle using nuclear explosives, was deemed too expensive.

In 1975, the U.S. State Department denied the charge by Rep. Don Young that it had sacrificed Alaska's interests in the new fishing treaty with Japan.

In 1985, Alaska led the nation in making computers available to public school students. The State Department of Education reported that there was one computer for every 22 schoolchildren.

In the nation

In 1861, Texas voted to secede from the Union.

In 1893, inventor Thomas A. Edison completed work on the world's first motion picture studio, his "Black Maria," in West Orange, N.J.

In 1943, one of America's most highly decorated military units of World War II, the 442nd Regimental Combat Team, made up almost entirely of Japanese-Americans, was authorized.

In 1960, four black college students began a sit-in protest at a lunch counter in Greensboro, N.C., where they'd been refused service.

In 1979, newspaper heiress Patricia Hearst, whose prison sentence for bank robbery had been commuted by President Carter, left a federal prison near San Francisco.

In 1995, the Federal Reserve boosted interest rates by half a percentage point, the seventh rate hike in a year. House Republicans pushed through a bill restricting the federal government's ability to impose unfunded mandates on states.

In 2000, Sen. John McCain defeated Texas Gov. George W. Bush to win the Republican New Hampshire primary; Vice President Al Gore edged Bill Bradley to win the Democratic primary.

In 2003, the space shuttle Columbia broke up during re-entry, killing all seven of its crew members: commander Rick Husband; pilot William McCool; payload commander Michael Anderson; engineer Kalpana Chawla; David Brown; Laurel Clark; and Ilan Ramon, the first Israeli in space.

In 2004, the New England Patriots won their second Super Bowl in three seasons with a 32-29 victory over the Carolina Panthers; during the halftime show, Janet Jackson's breast became exposed, resulting in a $550,000 fine against CBS' parent company, Viacom, which is appealing the penalty.

In the world

In 1920, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police came into existence.

In 1946, Norwegian statesman Trygve Lie was chosen to be the first secretary-general of the United Nations.

In 1968, during the Vietnam War, Saigon's police chief (Nguyen Ngoc Loan) executed a Viet Cong officer with a pistol shot to the head in a scene captured in a famous news photograph.

In 1979, Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini received a tumultuous welcome in Tehran as he ended nearly 15 years of exile.

In 2004, twin suicide bombers killed 109 people at two Kurdish party offices in Irbil, Iraq. A stampede during the annual Muslim pilgrimage in Mina, Saudi Arabia, killed at least 251 worshippers.

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