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This Day in History

Posted: Wednesday, February 09, 2005

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 judgement, stalling construction of the trans-Alaska oil pipeline .

In the nation

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

In 1861, the Provisional Congress of the Confederate States of America elected Jefferson Davis president and Alexander H. Stephens vice president.

In 1870, the U.S. Weather Bureau was established.

In 1950, in a speech in Wheeling, W.Va., Sen. Joseph McCarthy, R-Wis., charged that the State Department was riddled with Communists.

In 1964, the Beatles made their first live American television appearance on "The Ed Sullivan Show" on CBS.

In 1971, the Apollo 14 spacecraft returned to Earth after man's third landing on the moon.

In 2000, hackers stepped up their "denial of service" attacks on popular Internet sites, zeroing in on such targets as ETrade and ZDNet, inconveniencing millions of Web users and unnerving Wall Street. Boeing Co. engineers and technical workers began a 40-day strike.

In the world

In 1943, the World War II battle of Guadalcanal in the southwest Pacific ended with an American victory over Japanese forces.

In 2001, a U.S. Navy submarine collided with a Japanese fishing boat off the Hawaiian coast, killing nine men and boys aboard the boat.



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