This Day in History

Posted: Wednesday, August 11, 2004

In Alaska

• In 1900, the Nome Daily Chronicle was established, but operated as a daily for only six weeks.

• In 1959, Stan Upton finished a 5,000-mile, 19-month horseback trip from Death Valley, Calif., to McKinley National Park.

• In 1979, Anchorage police raided a Mountain View home, seizing 200 marijuana plants.

In the nation

• In 1860, the nation's first successful silver mill began operation near Virginia City, Nev.

• In 1909, the SOS distress signal was first used by an American ship, the Arapahoe, off Cape Hatteras, N.C.

• In 1934, the first federal prisoners arrived at the island prison Alcatraz in San Francisco Bay.

• In 1956, abstract painter Jackson Pollock died in a car accident in East Hampton, N.Y.

• In 1965, rioting and looting that claimed 34 lives broke out in the predominantly black Watts section of Los Angeles.

• In 1984, President Reagan joked during a voice test for a paid political radio address that he had "signed legislation that will outlaw Russia forever. We begin bombing in five minutes."

• In 1992, the Mall of America, the biggest shopping mall in the United States, opened in Bloomington, Minn.

• In 1994, a federal jury awarded more than 10,000 commercial fishermen $286.8 million for losses suffered as a result of the 1989 Exxon Valdez oil spill.

• In 2003, President Bush chose Utah Gov. Mike Leavitt to head the Environmental Protection Agency.

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