This Day in History

Posted: Thursday, September 13, 2007

In Alaska

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• In 1969, fire destroyed 43 business buildings in Nome.

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

• In 1913, concrete is 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 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 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 1993, at the White House, Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin and Palestine Liberation Organization chairman Yasser Arafat shook hands after signing an accord granting limited Palestinian autonomy.

• In 2002, President Bush said it was "highly doubtful" that Saddam Hussein would comply with demands that he disarm and avoid a confrontation with the world community. And he mocked Democrats and other lawmakers who wanted U.N. action before a congressional vote on confronting Saddam.

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 1997, funeral services were held in Calcutta, India, for Nobel peace laureate Mother Teresa.

• In 2006, gunman Kimveer Gill, 25, opened fire in a cafeteria at Dawson College in Montreal, Canada, slaying one student and wounding 19 before killing himself.

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