This Day in History

Posted: Thursday, August 05, 2004

In Alaska

• In 1881, Boyd Presbyterian Church was established in Hoonah by Reverend Sheldon Jackson.

• In 1893, the St. Nicholas Russian Orthodox Church in Juneau was completed.

• In 1923, the Northbird, Alaska's first commercial airplane, crashed near Ketchikan.

• In 1949, Alaska Airlines was fined $60,000 for contempt of court when it violated an injunction against operating between Alaska and the United States. The suit was filed by Pacific Northern Airlines, Northwest Airlines, American Airways, and the Civil Aeronautics Board.

• In 1959, Georgia-Pacific Alaska announced tentative plans for a newsprint paper pulp mill in Juneau.

• In 1969, Alaska's drunk driving implied consent law went into effect, requiring drivers to submit to a breathalyzer test if suspected of driving under the influence.

In the nation

• In 1864, during the Civil War, Union Adm. David G. Farragut is said to have ordered, "Damn the torpedoes, full speed ahead!" as he led his fleet against Mobile Bay, Ala.

• In 1884, the cornerstone for the Statue of Liberty was laid on Bedloe's Island in New York Harbor.

• In 1914, the first electric traffic lights were installed, in Cleveland, Ohio.

• In 1924, the comic strip "Little Orphan Annie," by Harold Gray, made its debut.

• In 1957, "American Bandstand," hosted by Dick Clark, made its network debut on ABC.

• In 1962, actress Marilyn Monroe, 36, was found dead in her Los Angeles home. Her death was ruled a probable suicide from an overdose of sleeping pills.

• In 1981, the federal government began firing air traffic controllers who had gone out on strike.

• In 1994, a three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals in Washington chose Kenneth W. Starr to take over the Whitewater investigation from Robert Fiske.

• In 1999, Republicans overcame solid Democratic opposition to narrowly win passage of a 10-year, $792 billion dollar tax cut, first in the House, then in the Senate.

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