This Day in History

Posted: Tuesday, May 09, 2006

In Alaska

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• In 1899, the post office of Sunrise was established on the Kenai Peninsula, with Nellie Frost as postmaster.

• In 1932, the Taku Harbor cannery of Libby, McNeil, and Libby (south of Juneau) was destroyed by fire.

• In 1949, the Federal Communications Commission granted permission for a radio telephone station at the Nome office of the Alaska Steamship Co.

• In 1969, Gov. Keith Miller signed into law a bill lowering the voting age in Alaska from 19 to 18 years.

• In 1970, Kachemack Bay State Park was established.

In the nation

• In 1754, a cartoon in Benjamin Franklin's Pennsylvania Gazette showed a snake cut into sections, each part representing an American colony; the caption read, "Join or die."

• In 1913, the 17th amendment to the Constitution, providing for the election of U.S. senators by popular vote rather than selection by state legislatures, was ratified.

• In 1945, U.S. officials announced that a midnight entertainment curfew was being lifted immediately.

• In 1960, the Food and Drug Administration approved the pill Enovid as safe for birth control use.

• In 1961, Federal Communications Commission chairman Newton N. Minow condemned television programming as a "vast wasteland" in a speech to the National Association of Broadcasters.

• In 1974, the House Judiciary Committee opened hearings on whether to recommend the impeachment of President Nixon.

• In 1980, 35 motorists were killed when a Liberian freighter rammed the Sunshine Skyway Bridge over Tampa Bay in Florida, causing a 1,400-foot section to collapse.

• In 1996, in dramatic video testimony to a hushed courtroom in Little Rock, Ark., President Clinton insisted he had nothing to do with a $300,000 loan at the heart of the criminal case against his former Whitewater partners.

• In 2005, 8-year-old Laura Hobbs and 9-year-old Krystal Tobias were found stabbed to death in Zion, Ill.; Laura's father, Jerry Hobbs III, was later charged with killing the girls. Actress Renee Zellweger married country music star Kenny Chesney.


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