This Day in History

Posted: Wednesday, July 12, 2006

In Alaska

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• In 1948, 100 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 and 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 1972, George McGovern won the Democratic presidential nomination at the party's convention in Miami Beach.

• 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 2005, Miguel Tejada and Mark Teixeira led the American League to a 7-5 win over the National League in Detroit for the AL's eighth straight All-Star victory.

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