This Day in History

Posted: Sunday, February 18, 2007

In Alaska

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• In 1939, President Franklin D. Roosevelt asked Congress to appropriate $1 million to give Eskimos and Indians of Alaska exclusive control of the reindeer industry in Alaska.

• In 1959, Kit MacInnes won the All-Alaska Women's Dog Sled Race in Anchorage. The Atomic Energy Commission decided to look outside of northwestern Alaska to create a harbor with nuclear devices.

• In 1968, ARCO and Humble Oil hit oil at Prudhoe Bay.

• In 1969, a sizeable asbestos deposit was discovered in the remote mountainous region near Eagle.

In the nation

• In 1861, Jefferson Davis was sworn in as president of the Confederate States of America in Montgomery, Ala.

• In 1885, Mark Twain's "Adventures of Huckleberry Finn" was published in the United States for the first time.

• In 1930, photographic evidence of Pluto (now designated a "dwarf planet") was discovered by Clyde W. Tombaugh at Lowell Observatory in Flagstaff, Ariz.

• In 1960, the VIII Winter Olympic Games were formally opened in Squaw Valley, Calif., by Vice President Richard Nixon.

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