This Day in History

Posted: Monday, September 08, 2008

In Alaska, in the Nation and the World

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 pipeline terminal with the city of Valdez.

• In 1986, the five billionth barrel of Alaskan oil left Pump Station 1 at Prudhoe Bay.

In the nation

• In 1565, a Spanish expedition established the first permanent European settlement in North America at present-day St. Augustine, Fla.

• In 1900, Galveston, Texas, was struck by a hurricane that killed an estimated 8,000 people.

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

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