This Day in History

Posted: Sunday, September 07, 2008

In Alaska, in the Nation and the World

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 1908, pioneering heart surgeon Dr. Michael DeBakey was born in Lake Charles, La.

• In 1927, American television pioneer Philo T. Farnsworth, 21, succeeded in transmitting the image of a line through purely electronic means with a device called an "image dissector."

• In 1968, feminists protesting outside the Miss America pageant in Atlantic City, N.J., tossed articles including cosmetics, girdles and bras into a trash can ostensibly for burning, although nothing was actually set on fire. (The winner of the pageant was Miss Illinois Judith Ford.)

• In 1977, the Panama Canal treaties, calling for the U.S. to eventually turn over control of the waterway to Panama, were signed in Washington by President Carter and Panamanian leader Omar Torrijos.

• In 1996, rapper Tupac Shakur was shot and mortally wounded on the Las Vegas Strip; he died six days later.

In the world

• In 1807, Denmark surrendered to British forces that had bombarded Copenhagen for four days.

• In 1907, the British liner RMS Lusitania set out from Liverpool, England, on its maiden voyage, arriving six days later in New York. (Lusitania was sunk by a German submarine in 1915.)


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