This Day in History

Posted: Sunday, September 07, 2003

In Alaska

• In 1886, gold was discovered on the Forty-Mile.

• In 1910, an early morning fire destroyed several business buildings in Petersburg.

• In 1947, the first Golden North Salmon Derby was established by the Juneau Sportsmens' Association.

• In 1952, the S.S. Princess Kathleen ran aground and sank 18 miles north of Juneau, eight miles from where the Princess Sophia went down in 1918.

• In 1969, Alaska Airlines announced the acquisition of Alaska Co., a Denver-based firm with interests in 20,000 acres of federal land on the North Slope.

• In 1979, the state of Alaska ran ads costing $110,000 in 32 metropolitan newspapers nationwide urging readers to "free Alaska" and to oppose the Udall-Anderson D-2 lands bill.

In the nation

• In 1825, the Marquis de Lafayette, the French hero of the American Revolution, bade farewell to President John Quincy Adams at the White House.

• In 1963, the National Professional Football Hall of Fame was dedicated in Canton, Ohio.

• In 1977, the Panama Canal treaties, calling for the United States to eventually turn over control of the waterway to Panama, were signed in Washington.

• In 1977, convicted Watergate conspirator G. Gordon Liddy was released from prison after more than four years.

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