This Day in History

Posted: Sunday, March 27, 2005

In Alaska

• In 1902, Robert Reeve - pioneer Alaska aviator - was born.

• In 1964, the Good Friday Earthquake rocked Anchorage at 5:36 p.m. Property damage was estimated at one hundred million dollars a minute during the approximately 5 minutes the quake lasted. It registered upwards of 9.2 on the Richter scale, and killed 131 persons.

• In 1969, members of the Alaska House of Representatives proposed that the slogan on Alaska license plates be changed from "The Great Land" to "Alaska - USA."

• In 1975, the first piece of pipe for the trans-Alaska pipeline was placed at the Tonsina River.

In the nation

• In 1794, President Washington and Congress authorized creation of the U.S. Navy.

• In 1836, the first Mormon temple was dedicated, in Kirtland, Ohio.

• In 1917, the Seattle Metropolitans became the first U.S. team to win the Stanley Cup as they defeated the Montreal Canadiens.

• In 1980, 137 workers died when a North Sea floating oil field platform, the "Alexander I. Keilland," capsized during a storm.

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