This Day in History

Posted: Tuesday, February 15, 2005

In Alaska

• In 1915, the ore reduction mills of Alaska-Gastineau Mining Company began operation. They expected to grind 2,500 tons of ore each day.

• In 1915, the cannery of the Red Salmon Co. at Ugashik burned.

• In 1967, Anchorage's main post office lobby closed its all-night doors due to vandalism. It was known as the city's best "winter dormitory."

• In 1969, a resolution was introduced in the State House calling for more emphasis on Alaskan history. All members signed on as sponsors.

In the nation

• In 1764, the city of St. Louis was established.

• In 1879, President Hayes signed a bill allowing female attorneys to argue cases before the Supreme Court.

• In 1898, the U.S. battleship Maine mysteriously blew up in Havana Harbor, killing more than 260 crew members and bringing the United States closer to war with Spain.

• In 1933, President-elect Franklin D. Roosevelt escaped an assassination attempt in Miami that claimed the life of Chicago Mayor Anton J. Cermak.

• In 1995, the FBI arrested Kevin Mitnick, its "most wanted hacker," and charged him with cracking security for some of the nation's most protected computers. (Mitnick was later released after serving five years behind bars.)

• In 2000, Republican presidential rivals George W. Bush and John McCain fought over campaign financing and the tenor of their nomination contest in a testy debate in Columbia, S.C., that included Alan Keyes. Fox aired "Who Wants to Marry a Multimillionaire?" - a TV special which drew huge ratings and much notoriety.

In the world

• In 1942, the British colony Singapore surrendered to the Japanese during World War II.

• In 1961, 73 people, including an 18-member U.S. figure skating team en route to Czechoslovakia, were killed in the crash of a Sabena Airlines Boeing 707 in Belgium.

• In 1965, Canada's new maple-leaf flag was unfurled in ceremonies in Ottawa.

• In 1982, 84 men were killed when a huge oil-drilling rig, the Ocean Ranger, sank off the coast of Newfoundland during a fierce storm.

• In 1989, the Soviet Union announced that the last of its troops had left Afghanistan, after more than nine years of military intervention.

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