This Day in History

Posted: Tuesday, September 12, 2006

In Alaska

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• In 1882, construction started on the first building on the campus of the Sheldon Jackson School in Sitka.

• In 1900, a storm in Nome caused a million dollars in property losses along the waterfront.

• In 1940, artist Sydney Laurence announced he was going to die. After a shave, haircut and negotiation of a painting deal, he admitted himself to an Anchorage hospital and fulfilled his prediction.

• In 1969, Valdez celebrated as the Alaska Maru arrived with the first shipment of trans-Alaska oil pipeline pipe from Japan.

In the nation

• In 1953, Massachusetts Sen. John F. Kennedy married Jacqueline Lee Bouvier in Newport, R.I.

• In 1960, Democratic presidential candidate John F. Kennedy addressed the issue of his Roman Catholicism, telling a Protestant group in Houston, "I do not speak for my church on public matters, and the church does not speak for me."

• In 1966, "The Monkees" debuted on NBC television; the situation comedy "Family Affair" premiered on CBS.

• In 1996, last-minute intervention by Republican presidential candidate Bob Dole led to Senate postponement of action on a treaty designed to eliminate chemical weapons. President Clinton said the agreement was threatened by "a bitter partisan debate."

• In 2001, stunned rescue workers continued to search for bodies in the World Trade Center's smoking rubble a day after a terrorist attack that shut down the financial capital, badly damaged the Pentagon and left thousands dead. President Bush, branding the attacks in New York and Washington "acts of war," said "this will be a monumental struggle of good versus evil" and that "good will prevail."

• In 2005, officials in New Orleans reported the bodies of more than 40 mostly elderly patients were found in a flooded-out hospital. Federal Emergency Management Agency director Mike Brown resigned, three days after losing his on-site command of the Hurricane Katrina relief effort. At the start of his confirmation hearing, Supreme Court nominee John Roberts pledged to judge with humility and "without fear or favor" if approved as the nation's 17th chief justice.

In the world

• In 1609, English explorer Henry Hudson sailed into the river that now bears his name.

• In 1914, during World War I, the First Battle of the Marne ended in an Allied victory against Germany.

• In 1938, Adolf Hitler demanded self-determination for the Sudeten Germans in Czechoslovakia.

• In 1943, German paratroopers took Benito Mussolini from the hotel where he was being held by the Italian government.

• In 1944, the second Quebec Conference opened with President Roosevelt and British Prime Minister Winston Churchill in attendance.

• In 1986, Joseph Cicippio, the acting comptroller at the American University in Beirut, was kidnapped; he was released in December 1991.

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