This Day in History

Posted: Wednesday, August 17, 2005

In Alaska

• In 1880, Joe Juneau and Richard Harris camped in the present site of Juneau and found gold prospects 29 days after leaving Sitka.

• In 1896, George Carmack and companions made a gold discovery that touched off the Klondike Gold Rush.

• In 1959, President Dwight Eisenhower vetoed a bill that would have doubled the number of oil and gas lease acres that an individual or corporation could hold.

In the nation

• In 1807, Robert Fulton's North River Steam Boat began heading up New York's Hudson River on its successful annular trip to Albany.

• In 1863, federal batteries and ships bombarded Fort Sumter in Charleston harbor during the Civil War.

• In 1915, a mob in Cobb County, Ga., lynched Jewish businessman Leo Frank, whose death sentence for the murder of 13-year-old Mary Phagan had been commuted to life imprisonment. (Frank, who had maintained his innocence, was pardoned by the state of Georgia in 1986.)

• In 1969, 248 people were killed as Hurricane Camille slammed into the Gulf Coast.

• In 1969, the Woodstock Music and Art Fair concluded near Bethel, N.Y.

• In 1985, more than 1,400 meatpackers walked off the job at the Geo. A. Hormel and Co.'s main plant in Austin, Minn., in a bitter strike that lasted just more than a year.

• In 1995, James B. McDougal, McDougal's ex-wife Susan H. McDougal, and Arkansas Gov. Jim Guy Tucker were indicted by the Whitewater grand jury. (James McDougal was convicted on 18 of 19 counts of fraud and conspiracy; Tucker was found guilty on one count of fraud and one count of conspiracy; Susan McDougal was convicted on four fraud-related charges.)

• In 2000, Al Gore accepted the Democratic nomination for president, pledging a "better, fairer, more prosperous America" at the party's convention in Los Angeles. Shortly before Gore spoke, his running mate, Joseph Lieberman, was nominated by acclamation. Word leaked out that Independent Counsel Robert Ray was assembling a new grand jury to investigate President Clinton's conduct in the Monica Lewinsky scandal. (Democrats charged Republicans were behind the release of information, but a federal judge said he was inadvertently responsible for the disclosure.)

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