This Day in History

Posted: Sunday, April 13, 2008

In Alaska, in the Nation and the World

In Alaska

• In 1901, the first regularly constituted common council of the town of Nome was organized in the court house.

• In 1944, the Odd Fellows Hall, a Nome landmark, was destroyed by fire.

• In 1959, Gov. Bill Egan arrived back in Juneau after emergency gallbladder surgery in Seattle. He had been hospitalized within hours of his inauguration.

• In 1969, a planned avalanche bowled over the ski lift shack at Mount Alyeska. The Alaska House of Representatives decided not to name John Haines the Poet Laureate after members were unable to come up with any information about him.

In the nation

• In 1870, the Metropolitan Museum of Art was incorporated in New York. (The original museum opened in 1872.)

• In 1943, President Roosevelt dedicated the Jefferson Memorial.

• In 1964, Sidney Poitier became the first black performer in a leading role to win an Academy Award, for "Lilies of the Field."

• In 1965, 16-year-old Lawrence Wallace Bradford Jr. was appointed by New York Republican Jacob Javits to be the first black page of the U.S. Senate.

• In 1992, the Great Chicago Flood took place as the city's century-old tunnel system and adjacent basements filled with water from the Chicago River.

• In 1998, NationsBank and BankAmerica announced a merger which created Bank of America. A 500-pound steel joint fell from the upper level of New York's Yankee Stadium, crashing onto seats below. (No fans were inside the park at the time).

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