This Day in History

Posted: Monday, September 10, 2007

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• In 1904, Nome police chief Charles Jewett was suspended from his post, accused of accepting bribes from arrestees and "fallen women without due process of law." He was reinstated after 30 minutes.

• In 1907, the Tongass National Forest was established.

• In 1918, the "golden spike" was driven in the railroad that connected Seward and Anchorage.

• In 1949, the director of the Boston Museum proposed installing a cosmic ray laboratory at the 18,000-foot Denali Pass on Mount McKinley.

• In 1959, the Kenai Unit No. 1 well, a joint venture between Union Oil Co. and Ohio Oil Co., set a new Alaska record depth of 14,415 feet. The previous record had been held by Humble Oil Co.

• In 1969, Alaska's oil lease sale pumped nine hundred million dollars into Alaska's economy as 179 tracts of potentially oil-rich North Slope lands were leased. Former State Attorney General Edgar Paul Boyko filed suit to stop the awarding of 33 of the 179 state oil-lease tracts.

In the nation

• In 1608, John Smith was elected president of the Jamestown colony council in Virginia.

• In 1813, an American naval force commanded by Oliver H. Perry defeated the British in the Battle of Lake Erie during the War of 1812.

• In 1907, 100 years ago, the first Neiman Marcus department store opened in Dallas.

• In 1963, 20 black students entered Alabama public schools following a standoff between federal authorities and Gov. George C. Wallace.

• In 1987, Pope John Paul II arrived in Miami, where he was welcomed by President Reagan as he began a 10-day tour of the United States.

• In 1997, former Agriculture Secretary Mike Espy pleaded not-guilty to charges of accepting $35,000 in sports tickets, travel and lodging from companies regulated by the Agriculture Department. (He was later acquitted.)

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