This Day in History

Posted: Sunday, February 11, 2007

In Alaska

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• In 1929, the Japanese freighter Meyio Maru was wrecked on Ugamak Island in the Aleutians.

• In 1939, a "Bone-Dry" bill was introduced in the Alaska Territorial House, prohibiting the manufacture or sale of intoxicating liquor in Alaska. The first annual President's Birthday Ball in McGrath reported to President Franklin D. Roosevelt that $23 was raised in the fight against infantile paralysis.

• In 1959, acting Gov. Hugh Wade reluctantly signed the pay bill, giving legislators an annual salary of $3,000, plus $40 a day during session for expenses.

• In 1975, for the second time in six years, Anchorage voters approved unification of the city and borough governments.

In the nation

• In 1812, Massachusetts Gov. Elbridge Gerry signed a redistricting law favoring his party - giving rise to the term "gerrymandering."

• In 1861, President-elect Abraham Lincoln departed Springfield, Ill., for Washington.

• In 1937, a six-week-old sit-down strike against General Motors ended, with the company agreeing to recognize the United Automobile Workers Union.

• In 1972, McGraw-Hill Publishing Co. and Life magazine canceled plans to publish what had turned out to be a fake autobiography of reclusive billionaire Howard Hughes.

• In 1997, in a display of bipartisan unity, President Clinton and congressional leaders agreed to focus the new Congress on balancing the budget and other issues ranging from cutting taxes to solving the capital city's myriad problems. Space shuttle Discovery was launched on a mission to service the Hubble Space Telescope.

• In 2002, Americans Ross Powers, Danny Kass and J.J. Thomas took gold, silver and bronze in the men's halfpipe at the Salt Lake City Olympics. Controversy erupted at the games as Elena Berezhnaya and Anton Sikharulidze were crowned the champions of pairs figure skating, although many observers felt the best duo was Jamie Sale and David Pelletier of Canada.

• In 2006, Vice President Dick Cheney accidentally shot and wounded Harry Whittington, a companion during a weekend quail-hunting trip in Texas.

In the world

• In 1858, a French girl, Bernadette Soubirous, claimed for the first time to have seen a vision of the Virgin Mary near Lourdes.



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