This Day in History

Posted: Friday, September 08, 2006

In Alaska

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

• In 1937, 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 Alaskan 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 an estimated 8,000 or more people.

• In 1930, the comic strip "Blondie," created by Chic Young, was first published.

• In 1934, 134 people lost their lives in a fire aboard the liner Morro Castle off the New Jersey coast.

• In 1951, a peace treaty with Japan was signed by 48 other nations in San Francisco.

• In 1966, the science-fiction TV series "Star Trek" premiered on NBC; the situation comedy "That Girl," starring Marlo Thomas, premiered on ABC.

• In 1971, the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts opened in Washington, D.C., with a performance of Leonard Bernstein's "Mass."

• In 1974, President Ford granted an unconditional pardon to former President Nixon.

In the world

• In 1941, the 900-day Siege of Leningrad by German forces began during World War II.

• In 2001, the World Conference Against Racism ended in South Africa as tumultuously as it began, with organizers calling it a success.

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