This Day in History

Posted: Sunday, August 05, 2007

In Alaska

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• In 1881, Boyd Presbyterian Church was established in Hoonah by the Rev. 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 breathalizer test if suspected of driving under the influence.

In the nation

• In 1864, during the Civil War, Union Adm. David G. Farragut led his fleet to victory in the Battle of Mobile Bay in Alabama.

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

• In 1914, one of the first, if not the first, electric traffic light systems was installed in Cleveland at the intersection of 105th Street and Euclid Avenue.

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

• In 1957, the teenage dance show "American Bandstand," hosted by Dick Clark, made its network debut on ABC-TV.

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