This Day in History

Posted: Monday, August 08, 2005

In Alaska

• In 1939, President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed a bill authorizing the Department of the Interior to sell timber and mineral products from lands in Alaska reserved for educational purposes.

• In 1947, President Harry Truman signed the Tongass Timber Bill.

• In 1949, the U.S. Department of the Interior ruled that the Federal Government had control of Alaska's tidelands as long as Alaska remained a territory.

• In 1959, two U.S. Air Force F-100 jet planes landed at Eielson Air Force Base, after having come 5,400 miles non-stop from England, in the first flight by jets over the North Pole. Just prior to landing, a moose had to be shoved off the runway.

• In 1962, the Diocese of Fairbanks was established.

• In 1979, the Alaska Legislature adjourned its special session after approving pay raises for state employees.

In the nation

• In 1876, Thomas A. Edison received a patent for his mimeograph.

• In 1942, six convicted Nazi saboteurs who had landed in the United States were executed in Washington D.C. Two others received life imprisonment.

• In 1945, President Truman signed the United Nations Charter.

• In 1968, Richard M. Nixon was nominated for president at the Republican national convention in Miami Beach.

• In 1973, Vice President Spiro T. Agnew branded as "damned lies" reports he had taken kickbacks from government contracts in Maryland, and vowed not to resign - which he eventually did.

• In 1974, President Nixon announced he would resign following new damaging revelations in the Watergate scandal.

• In 1978, the United States launched Pioneer Venus II, which carried scientific probes to study the atmosphere of Venus.

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