This Day in History

Posted: Sunday, February 09, 2003

In Alaska

• In 1883, the McFarland Home for Girls, a Presbyterian institution, burned to the ground.

• In 1901, a press dispatch dated November 6, 1900, wired from New York to Fort Egbert, and then mailed on Nov. 8, finally reached Nome, informing residents that William McKinley had been elected president.

• In 1917, special ferries ran from Juneau and Douglas with people going to Thane to attend the Black Sheep Ball.

• In 1959, the U.S. Army dropped its plans to use the Talkeetna Mountains as a long-range missile range.

• In 1959, a recovering Gov. Bill Egan received his first visitors in a Seattle hospital following gall bladder surgery.

• In 1959, members of the Legislature proposed a $20,000 annual salary for the Governor.

• In 1966, the Archdiocese of Anchorage was established.

• In 1973, using a 53-year old mining law regarding right of way, environmental groups won a U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals judgment, stalling construction of the trans-Alaska pipeline.

In the nation

• In 1773, the ninth president of the United States, William Henry Harrison, was born in Charles City County, Va.

• In 1825, the House of Representatives elected John Quincy Adams president after no candidate received a majority of electoral votes

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