This Day in History

Posted: Thursday, August 31, 2006

In Alaska

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• In 1947, Juneau's first annual salmon derby was postponed due to weather.

• In 1948, Fish Lake, now called Big Lake, near Anchorage, was opened by the Bureau of Land Management for small tract land claims.

• In 1954, oil lease applications for 276,000 acres of land in the Kateel River area, 300 miles north of Fairbanks, included those of actor Jimmie Stewart.

• In 1966, the U.S. House of Representatives completed congressional action on a bill providing $70 million for Alaska highways, for the first time authorizing funds for maintenance as well as for construction.

• In 1979, a fire destroyed the $2 million tug Yukon near Manly Hot Springs.

In the nation

• In 1881, the first U.S. tennis championships (for men) were played, in Newport, R.I.

• In 1886, an earthquake rocked Charleston, S.C., killing up to 110 people.

• In 1935, President Roosevelt signed an act prohibiting the export of U.S. arms to belligerents.

• In 1941, the radio program "The Great Gildersleeve" debuted on NBC.

• In 1954, Hurricane Carol hit the northeastern Atlantic states. Connecticut, Rhode Island and part of Massachusetts bore the brunt of the storm, which resulted in nearly 70 deaths.

• In 1986, 82 people were killed when an Aeromexico jetliner and a small private plane collided over Cerritos, Calif.

• In 1996, seven people drowned when their vehicle rolled into John D. Long Lake in Union, S.C.; they had gone to see a monument to the sons of Susan Smith, who had drowned the two boys in October 1994. New York City police found the body of 4-year-old Nadine Lockwood in her family's apartment; she'd been starved to death. (The girl's mother, Carla Lockwood, was later sentenced to serve at least 15 years in prison. Nadine's father, Leroy Dickerson, was sentenced to 25 years to life in prison.)

• In 2001, Little League star Danny Almonte's perfect game and his Bronx, New York, team's records, including a third-place World Series finish, were ruled invalid after officials in the Dominican Republic, where Danny was born, determined he was 14 years old, not 12.

• In 2005, New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin said there was "a significant number of dead bodies in the water" following Hurricane Katrina; President Bush pledged to do "all in our power" to save lives and provide sustenance but said recovery of the Gulf Coast would take years.

In the world

• In 1888, Mary Ann Nichols was found murdered in London's East End in what is generally regarded as the first slaying committed by "Jack the Ripper."

• In 1962, the Caribbean nation of Trinidad and Tobago became independent within the British Commonwealth.

• In 1980, Poland's Solidarity labor movement was born with an agreement signed in Gdansk that ended a 17-day-old strike.

• In 1986, the Soviet passenger ship Admiral Nakhimov collided with a merchant vessel in the Black Sea, causing both vessels to sink; up to 448 people reportedly died.



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