This Day in History

Posted: Monday, March 17, 2008

In Alaska and in the Nation

In Alaska

• In 1894, the old Russian governor's house known as Baranof Castle burned in Sitka.

• In 1959, the dredging of Gastineau Channel north of Juneau was scheduled.

• In 1998, Jeff King battled through blowing snow and poor visibility to earn his third victory in the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race.

In the nation

• In 1910, the Camp Fire Girls organization was formed.

• In 1950, scientists at the University of California at Berkeley announced they had created a new radioactive element, "californium."





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