This Day in History

Posted: Monday, February 17, 2003

In Alaska

• In 1914, Seven of the eight members of the Territorial Senate were hanged in effigy at Cordova because of their vote supporting a railroad from Seward.

• In 1935, The new building of the Alaska Pioneers' Home at Sitka was dedicated.

• In 1959, A belligerent moose disrupted Anchorage's Fur Rendezvous.

• In 1975, George Attla won his fifth Anchorage Fur Rendezvous Sled Dog Race.

In the nation

• In 1801, the House of Representatives broke an electoral tie between Thomas Jefferson and Aaron Burr, electing Jefferson president; Burr became vice president.

• In 1817, a street in Baltimore became the first to be lighted with gas from America's first gas company.

• In 1865, Columbia, S.C., burned as the Confederates evacuated and Union forces moved in. (It's not known which side set the blaze.)

• In 1897, the forerunner of the National PTA, the National Congress of Mothers, was founded in Washington.

• In 1933, Newsweek was first published.

• In 1947, the Voice of America began broadcasting to the Soviet Union.

• In 1986, Johnson and Johnson, maker of "Tylenol," announced it would no longer sell over-the-counter medications in capsule form, following the death of a woman who had taken a cyanide-laced capsule.

• In 1993, President Clinton addressed a joint session of Congress, asking Americans to accept one of the biggest tax increases in history as part of a plan to stimulate the economy and curb massive budget deficits.

In the world

• In 1972, President Nixon departed on his historic trip to China.

• In 1993, A ferry carrying up to 15,000 people sank off Haiti; only 285 people were known to have survived.

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