This Day in History

Posted: Sunday, September 04, 2005

In Alaska

• In 1935, Captain Ed Dankworth of the "State Police" told the Alaska Press Club that Valdez was in danger of being taken over by criminal money. "I've got two troopers, a corporal, and a little country telephone for a district of 52,000 people," said Dankworth.

• In 1964, President Lyndon Johnson supported a firm stand against the Japanese in North Pacific Fisheries Treaty negotiations. The Japanese were accused by the U.S. of netting large numbers of immature North American salmon to the detriment of the fishery.

• In 1971, In the worst single plane accident in the history of American aviation at that time, an Alaska Airlines 727 jet crashed one thousand feet below the summit of a 3,500-foot mountain 21 miles west of Juneau.

In the nation

• In 1781, Los Angeles was founded by Spanish settlers.

• In 1888, George Eastman received a patent for his roll-film camera, and registered his trademark: Kodak.

• In 1951, President Truman addressed the nation from the Japanese peace treaty conference in San Francisco in the first live, coast-to-coast television broadcast.

• In 1957, Arkansas Gov. Orval Faubus called out the National Guard to prevent nine black students from entering Central High School in Little Rock. Ford Motor Co. began selling its ill-fated Edsel.

• In 1967, Michigan Gov. George Romney told a TV interview he'd undergone a "brainwashing" by U.S. officials during a 1965 visit to Vietnam - a comment that damaged Romney's bid for the Republican presidential nomination.

• In 1971, an Alaska Airlines jet crashed near Juneau, killing 111 people.

• In 2004, slow-moving Hurricane Frances snapped power lines and whipped the Atlantic coast with winds over 90 mph as it neared Florida.

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