This Day in History

Posted: Wednesday, May 09, 2007

In Alaska, in the Nation and the World

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In Alaska

• 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, & 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 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 Richard Nixon.

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

• In 1982, the musical "Nine," inspired by Federico Fellini's film "Eight-and-a-Half," opened on Broadway.

• In 2002, following the example set by Illinois, Maryland Gov. Parris Glendening suspended all executions in his state while a study was done on whether the death penalty was being meted out in a racially discriminatory way. Veteran Mexican musician Juan Gabriel won four awards, including top songwriter, at the Billboard Latin Music Awards in Miami Beach, Fla.

In the world

• In 1926, Americans Richard Byrd and Floyd Bennett became the first men to fly over the North Pole.

• In 1936, Italy annexed Ethiopia.


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