This Day in History

Posted: Monday, September 13, 2004

In Alaska

• In 1905, fire destroyed 43 business buildings in Nome.

• In 1906, the steamer Oregon was wrecked at Cape Hinchenbrook, at the entrance to Prince William Sound. All 121 aboard were saved.

• In 1913, concrete was poured for the first story of Juneau's first City Hall. The Alaska Office Building now sits at that location.

• In 1955, in a special election, Alaskans sent 55 delegates to a Constitutional Convention.

• In 1979, Anchorage's teacher strike ended after a week, when an acceptable negotiation plan was agreed to and signed by Judge Victor Carlson.

In the nation

• In 1788, the Congress of the Confederation authorized the first national election and declared New York City the temporary national capital.

• In 1803, Commodore John Barry, considered by many the father of the American Navy, died in Philadelphia.

• In 1948, Republican Margaret Chase Smith of Maine was elected to the U.S. Senate, becoming the first woman to serve in both houses of Congress.

• In 1949, the Ladies Professional Golf Association of America was formed in New York City, with Patty Berg as its first president.

• In 1971, a four-day inmates' rebellion at the Attica Correctional Facility in upstate New York ended as police and guards stormed the prison. The ordeal and final assault claimed 43 lives.

• In 1989, Fay Vincent was named commissioner of Major League Baseball, succeeding the late A. Bartlett Giamatti.

• In 1998, former Alabama Governor George C. Wallace died at age 79.

• In 1994, President Clinton signed into law a $30 billion crime bill.

• In 2003, the California Democratic Party voted to endorse Lt. Gov. Cruz Bustamante while continuing to support Gov. Gray Davis in the Oct. 7 recall election. Indiana Gov. Frank O'Bannon died at age 73. In Las Vegas, Sugar Shane Mosley beat Oscar De La Hoya, winning a close but unanimous decision to take the WBC and WBA 154-pound titles.

In the world

• In 1759, during the final French and Indian War, the British defeated the French on the Plains of Abraham overlooking Quebec City.

• In 1943, Chiang Kai-shek became president of China.

• In 1993, at the White House, Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin and PLO chairman Yasser Arafat shook hands after signing an accord granting limited Palestinian autonomy.

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