This Day in History

Posted: Monday, February 07, 2005

In Alaska

In 1893, a fire in Metlakatla destroyed 24 homes.

In 1911, the steamer Victoria went on the rocks at Hinchinbrook Island but was later salvaged.

In 1931, the Coast Guard Cutter Tallapoosa arrived in Juneau from Baltimore to take permanent station.

In 1969, Sen. Mike Gravel called for the United States to pay half the cost of the Alaska-Canadian Highway .

In the nation

In 1904, a fire began in Baltimore that raged for 30 hours and destroyed more than 1,500 buildings.

In 1936, President Roosevelt authorized a flag for the office of the vice president.

In 1944, Bing Crosby and the John Scott Trotter Orchestra recorded "Swinging on a Star" for Decca Records in Los Angeles.

In 1964, The Beatles began their first American tour as they arrived at New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport.

In 1984, space shuttle astronauts Bruce McCandless II and Robert L. Stewart went on the first untethered space walk.

In 2000, with an astonishing comeback to win the Pebble Beach National Pro-Am, Tiger Woods gained his sixth straight PGA Tour victory. He became the first player since Ben Hogan in 1948 to win six in a row. The Web site Yahoo! came under a "denial of service" attack by Internet vandals.

In 2004, John Kerry won the Washington state and Michigan Democratic presidential primaries.

In the world

In 1944, during World War II, the Germans launched a counteroffensive at Anzio, Italy.

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