This Day in History

Posted: Wednesday, May 18, 2005

In Alaska

• In 1834, Sheldon Jackson, Alaska educator, was born.

• In 1901, the Nome Nugget, the state's oldest continuously published newspaper, was established as a semiweekly.

• In 1916, the Bank of Alaska opened its doors at Anchorage, later to become the National Bank of Alaska.

• In 1949, the first radio beam air navigation system was put into operation at Ketchikan.

In the nation

• In 1896, the Supreme Court endorsed "separate but equal" racial segregation with its "Plessy v. Ferguson" decision, a ruling that was overturned 58 years later by "Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka."

• In 1926, evangelist Aimee Semple McPherson vanished while visiting a beach in Venice, Calif.; she reappeared a month later, claiming to have been kidnapped.

• In 1933, the Tennessee Valley Authority was created.

• In 1953, Jacqueline Cochran became the first woman to break the sound barrier as she piloted a North American F-86 Canadair over Rogers Dry Lake, Calif.

• In 1969, astronauts Eugene A. Cernan, Thomas P. Stafford and John W. Young blasted off aboard Apollo 10.

• In 1980, the Mount St. Helens volcano in Washington state exploded, leaving 57 people dead or missing.

• In 1995, triumphant Republicans pushed a historic budget through the House that they said would wring an unprecedented $1.4 trillion dollars in savings from federal budgets over the next seven years.

• In 2000, Sante Kimes and Kenneth Kimes, mother-and-son grifters, were convicted in New York of murdering Irene Silverman in a plot to steal her elegant townhouse mansion. (The body of the 82-year-old millionaire widow has never been found.)

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