This Day in History

Posted: Friday, February 01, 2008

In Alaska

• In 1898, the Daily Alaskan began publishing at 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 House 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, running over a 10-man tent in Fort Wainwright, crashing into a home, ripping off the entire side of two bedrooms where inhabitants were sleeping, to come to rest on a road bank. "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 school children.

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