This Day in History

Posted: Monday, July 12, 2004

In Alaska

• In 1948, one hundred sets of "squeezers" - dice rigged to favor certain combinations - were seized in a gambling raid near Ladd Field, Fairbanks.

• In 1954, in an unusual sighting, a huge school of albacore tuna, warm water fish, were sighted 80 miles southwest of Yakutat. A special fishing period on the Nushagak River was approved by the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service to provide for needy residents.

• In 1959, the cornerstone was laid for the first academic building of Alaska Methodist University in Anchorage, now Alaska Pacific University.

In the nation

• In 1854, George Eastman, inventor of the Kodak camera, was born in Waterville, N.Y.

• In 1862, Congress authorized the Medal of Honor.

• In 1948, the Democratic national convention opened in Philadelphia.

• In 1972, George McGovern won the Democratic presidential nomination at the party's convention in Miami Beach.

• In 1974, John Ehrlichman, an ex-aide to President Nixon, and three others were convicted of conspiring to violate the civil rights of Daniel Ellsberg's former psychiatrist.

• In 1977, President Carter defended Supreme Court decisions limiting government payments for poor women's abortions, saying, "There are many things in life that are not fair."

• In 1984, Democratic presidential candidate Walter F. Mondale announced he'd chosen U.S. Rep. Geraldine A. Ferraro of New York to be his running-mate. Ferraro was the first woman to run for vice president on a major-party ticket.

• In 1999, President Clinton and Republican congressional leaders held their first face-to-face budget meeting of the year. The talk was described afterward as positive.

• In 2003, the USS Ronald Reagan, the first carrier named for a living president, was commissioned in Norfolk, Va. Jazz great Benny Carter died at age 95.

In the world

• In 100 B.C., Roman dictator Julius Caesar was born.

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