This Day in History

Posted: Friday, February 09, 2007

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

• In 1901, a press dispatch dated Nov. 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. A recovering Gov. Bill Egan received his first visitors in a Seattle hospital following gall bladder surgery. 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, Jefferson Davis was elected the provisional president of the Confederate States of America.

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

• In 1942, daylight-saving "War Time" went into effect in the United States, with clocks turned one hour forward.

• 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 1997, Best Products closed the last of its stores, a victim of the diminishing allure of the catalog showroom concept of retailing. The East beat the West in the NBA All-Star game, 132-120.

• 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.

• In 2002, at the Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City, Jochem Uytdehaage of the Netherlands won the gold medal in the men's 5,000-meter speedskating race in world record time of 6:14.66. Oakland's Rich Gannon led the AFC to a 38-30 victory over the NFC in the Pro Bowl.

• In 2006, President Bush defended U.S. surveillance efforts, saying spy work helped thwart terrorists plotting to use shoe bombs to hijack an airliner and crash it into the tallest skyscraper on the West Coast.

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