This Day in History

Posted: Thursday, March 09, 2006

In Alaska

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• In 1911, a fire destroyed a dozen buildings in the business district of Douglas.

• In 1959, the Air Force launched an investigation into reports of the Explorer satellite exploding over Alaska. (It was either that or a UFO.)

• In 1969, the University of Alaska received a $10,000 grant to collect and analyze Indian, Eskimo and Aleut languages.

• In 1975, work began on the trans-Alaska oil pipeline.

In the nation

• In 1860, the first Japanese ambassador to the United States (Niimi Buzennokami) and his staff arrived in San Francisco.

• In 1862, during the Civil War, the ironclads Monitor and Virginia (formerly Merrimac) clashed for five hours to a draw at Hampton Roads, Va.

• In 1916, Mexican raiders led by Pancho Villa attacked Columbus, N.M., killing more than a dozen people.

• In 1933, Congress, called into special session by President Roosevelt, began its "hundred days" of enacting New Deal legislation.

• In 1954, CBS newsman Edward R. Murrow critically reviewed Wisconsin Sen. Joseph R. McCarthy's anti-Communism campaign on an episode of "See It Now."

• In 1977, about a dozen armed Hanafi Muslims invaded three buildings in Washington, killing one person and taking more than 130 hostages. The siege ended two days later.

• In 1981, Dan Rather made his debut as principal anchorman of "The CBS Evening News."

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