This Day in History

Posted: Thursday, September 04, 2008

In Alaska, in the Nation and the World

In Alaska

• In 1969, Capt. Ed Dankworth of the Alaska State Troopers 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 1,000 feet below the summit of a 3,500-foot mountain, 21 miles west of Juneau. The crash killed all 111 people on board.

In the nation

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

• In 1888, George Eastman received a patent for his roll-film box 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 used Arkansas National Guardsmen to prevent nine black students from entering all-white Central High School in Little Rock.

• In 1967, Detroit TV station WKBD aired an interview with Michigan Gov. George Romney in which the Republican presidential hopeful attributed his previous support for the war in Vietnam to a "brainwashing" he'd received from U.S. officials during a 1965 visit - a comment that apparently damaged his White House bid.

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