This Day in History

Posted: Friday, May 09, 2008

In Alaska, in the Nation and the World

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, 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 Company.

• 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."



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