This Day in History

Posted: Tuesday, May 31, 2005

In Alaska

In 1935, radio station KINY-AM went on the air at 7:30 p.m. and was Juneau's lone broadcast station for more than 10 years.

In 1977, the final weld on the Trans-Alaska Pipeline was completed. The pipeline took three years to complete.

In the nation

In 1889, more than 2,000 people perished when a dam break sent water rushing through Johnstown, Pa.

In 1913, the 17th amendment to the Constitution, providing for the popular election of U.S. senators, was declared in effect.

In 1985, 88 people were killed and more than 1,000 injured when 41 tornadoes swept through parts of Pennsylvania, Ohio, New York and Ontario, Canada, during an eight-hour period.

In 1994, the United States announced it was no longer aiming long-range nuclear missiles at targets in the former Soviet Union.

In 1995, President Clinton declared he was ready to permit the temporary use of American ground forces in Bosnia to help U.N. peacekeepers move to safer positions if necessary. Sen. Bob Dole accused Hollywood of promoting violence, rape and casual sex in music and movies and said "the mainstreaming of deviancy must come to an end."

In 2004, in Memorial Day tributes, President Bush declared that "America is safer" because of its fighting forces, while Sen. John Kerry visited the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.

In the world

In 1910, the Union of South Africa was founded.

In 1961, South Africa became an independent republic.

In 1962, World War II Gestapo official Adolf Eichmann was hanged in Israel for his role in the Nazi Holocaust.

In 1970, tens of thousands of people died in an earthquake in Peru.

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