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This Day in History

Posted: Sunday, March 11, 2007

In Alaska

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• In 1942, the S.S. Mount McKinley wrecked near the Aleutian Islands.

• In 1948, the Nome Hospital burned.

• In 1969, the State Highway Department completed construction of the winter road to North Slope oil fields.

In the nation

• In 1861, the Confederate convention in Montgomery, Ala., adopted a constitution.

• In 1888, the famous "Blizzard of '88" began inundating the northeastern United States, resulting in some 400 deaths.

• In 1941, President Roosevelt signed into law the Lend-Lease Bill, providing war supplies to countries fighting the Axis.

• In 1957, Charles Van Doren's 14-week run on the rigged NBC game show "Twenty-One" ended as he was "defeated" by attorney Vivienne Nearing; Van Doren's take was $129,000.

• In 1965, the Rev. James J. Reeb, a white minister from Boston, died after being beaten by whites during civil rights disturbances in Selma, Ala.

• In 1977, more than 130 hostages held in Washington, D.C., by Hanafi Muslims were freed after ambassadors from three Islamic nations joined the negotiations.

• In 2002, two columns of light soared skyward from ground zero in New York as a temporary memorial to the victims of the Sept. 11 attacks.



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