This Day in History

Posted: Monday, February 12, 2007

In Alaska

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• In 1932, the roundhouse shops of the White Pass Railroad burned at Skagway.

• In 1940, plans to construct Elmendorf Air Force Base at Anchorage were announced in Washington, D.C.

• In 1979, 70 mile-per-hour winds and near-zero temperatures ravaged Anchorage.

In the nation

• In 1870, women in the Utah Territory gained the right to vote (however, that right was taken away in 1887).

• In 1909, the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People was founded.

• In 1915, the cornerstone for the Lincoln Memorial was laid in Washington D.C.

• In 1940, the radio play "The Adventures of Superman" debuted with Bud Collyer as the Man of Steel.

• In 1973, Operation Homecoming began as the first release of American prisoners of war from the Vietnam conflict took place.

• In 1999, the Senate acquitted President Clinton of perjury and obstruction of justice.

• In 2002, former Enron chairman Kenneth Lay expressed "profound sadness" about the collapse of the energy giant, but refused to testify at a Senate hearing. "The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring" received 13 Academy Award nominations; tied for second with eight nods were "A Beautiful Mind" and "Moulin Rouge."

• In 2006, a record 26.9 inches of snow fell in New York's Central Park.

In the world

• In 1554, Lady Jane Grey, who had claimed the throne of England for nine days, and her husband, Guildford Dudley, were beheaded after being condemned for high treason.

• In 1818, Chile officially proclaimed its independence, more than seven years after initially renouncing Spanish rule.

• In 1907, the steamer Larchmont collided with a schooner off New England's Block Island; accounts vary, but more than 300 lives may have been lost.

• In 1912, Pu Yi, the last emperor of China, abdicated, marking the end of the Qing Dynasty.

• In 1997, the highest-ranking official to flee communist North Korea, Hwang Jang Yop, asked for political asylum at South Korea's consulate in Beijing. The Clinton administration gave permission to 10 U.S. news organizations to open bureaus in Cuba.

• In 2002, former Yugoslav president Slobodan Milosevic went on trial in The Hague, accused of war crimes. Pakistan charged three men in connection with the kidnapping of Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl in Karachi (they and a fourth man were later convicted of Pearl's murder). An Iranian passenger jet crashed, killing all 119 on board.

• In 2006, injured figure skater Michelle Kwan withdrew from the Turin Olympics (she was replaced on the U.S. team by Emily Hughes). Snowboarding superstar Shaun White, known as "The Flying Tomato," beat American teammate Danny Kass to win the Olympic gold medal.

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