This Day in History

Posted: Thursday, September 08, 2005

In Alaska

• In 1906, the office of the governor of Alaska opened in Juneau after being moved from Sitka, six years after Congress authorized the move.

• In 1938, artist Eustace Ziegler arrived in Juneau to paint murals for the Baranof Hotel.

• In 1969, construction began on an access road connecting the trans-Alaska oil pipeline terminal with the city of Valdez.

• In 1986, the 5 billionth barrel of Alaska oil left Pump Station No. 1 at Prudhoe Bay.

In the nation

• In 1664, the Dutch surrendered New Amsterdam to the British, who renamed it New York.

• In 1900, Galveston, Texas, was struck by a hurricane that killed about 6,000 people.

• In 1921, Margaret Gorman of Washington, D.C., was crowned the first Miss America in Atlantic City, N.J.

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