This Day in History

Posted: Tuesday, August 19, 2003

In Alaska

• In 1929, water from Eklutna Canyon began supplying Anchorage with hydroelectric power.

• In 1933, George Alexander became the seventh U.S. District Judge for the First Division, with its headquarters in Juneau.

• In 1979, an escaped buffalo was found northeast of Seward by the crew from the Coast Guard cutter Cape Jellison, the Alaska Department of Fish & Game and the Seward Fire Department.

In the nation

• In 1848, the New York Herald reported the discovery of gold in California.

• In 1929, the comedy program "Amos and Andy," starring Freeman Gosden and Charles Correll, made its network radio debut on NBC.

• In 1955, severe flooding in the Northeast claimed some 200 lives.

• In 1976, President Ford won the Republican presidential nomination at the party's convention in Kansas City.

• In 1993, Dr. George Tiller was shot and wounded outside an abortion clinic in Wichita, Kan., by Rachelle Shannon. Shannon was later sentenced to 11 years in prison for the attack on Tiller but was also ordered to serve 20 additional years for arson and acid attacks at abortion clinics in Oregon, California and Nevada.

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