This Day in History

Posted: Tuesday, March 27, 2007

In Alaska

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• In 1964, the Good Friday earthquake rocked Alaska. Property damage was estimated at $100 million a minute during the approximately five minutes the quake lasted. It registered 9.2 and killed 131 people.

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

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

In the nation

• In 1794, Congress approved "An Act to provide a Naval Armament" of six armed ships.

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

• In 1957, "Around the World in 80 Days" won the Academy Award for best picture; Yul Brynner won best actor for "The King and I," Ingrid Bergman was awarded best actress for "Anastasia" and George Stevens received best director for "Giant."

• In 1980, 123 workers died when a North Sea floating oil field platform capsized during a storm.

• In 1997, Dexter King, son of civil rights leader the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., met with James Earl Ray, the man in prison for the older King's assassination. Ray denied having had anything to do with the shooting, to which King replied, "I believe you."

• In 2006, Al-Qaida conspirator Zacarias Moussaoui testified at his federal trial that he was supposed to hijack a fifth airplane on Sept. 11, 2001, and fly it into the White House.

In the world

• In 1513, Spanish explorer Juan Ponce de Leon sighted Florida.

• In 1625, Charles I ascended the English throne upon the death of James I.

• In 1958, Nikita Khrushchev became Soviet premier in addition to first secretary of the communist party.

• In 1977, 583 people were killed when a KLM Boeing 747, attempting to take off, crashed into a Pan Am 747 on the Canary Island of Tenerife.

• In 1996, an Israeli court convicted Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin's confessed assassin of murder, then sentenced former law student Yigal Amir to life in prison.

• In 1997, Russian workers staged a nationwide strike to demand overdue wages.

• In 2002, 29 Israelis were killed in a suicide bombing during a Passover Seder in Netanya, Israel. A gunman killed eight members of the Nanterre city council outside Paris; a suspect killed himself the next day while in police custody.

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