This Day in History

Posted: Friday, August 26, 2005

In Alaska

• In 1954, 23 passengers and two crew members from a Northwest Orient Airlines plane were stricken by a sudden illness, filling up the Providence Hospital emergency room. The plane was en route from Manilla to Seattle.

• In 1958, the Statehood Act passed by the U.S Congress was approved by Alaska voters, 40,852 to 8,010.

• In 1977, the United States and Canada entered into formal negotiations seeking an agreement for a trans-Canada natural gas pipeline.

In the nation

• In 1920, the 19th amendment to the U.S. Constitution, guaranteeing American women the right to vote, was declared in effect.

• In 1964, President Lyndon Johnson was nominated for a term of office in his own right at the Democratic National Convention in Atlantic City, N.J.

• In 1985, 13-year-old AIDS patient Ryan White began "attending" classes at Western Middle School in Kokomo, Ind., via a telephone hookup at his home. School officials had barred Ryan from attending classes in person.

• In 1995, in his weekly radio address, President Clinton explained his decision to impose a two-year moratorium on mining claims on 4,500 acres of federal land near the northeast corner of Yellowstone National Park, saying the land was "more priceless than gold."

• In 2000, President Clinton visited Nigeria, where he appealed to the leaders of the oil-rich nation to set aside political acrimony so that their citizens could lift themselves from poverty and isolation.

• In 2004, the nation's supply of vaccine for the impending flu season took a big hit when Chiron Corp. announced it had found tainted doses in its factory, and would hold up shipment of about 50 million shots. At the Athens Olympics, the U.S. women's soccer team won the gold medal by beating Brazil, 2-1, in overtime; Shawn Crawford led a U.S. sweep of the 200 meters.

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