This Day in History

Posted: Friday, September 16, 2005

In Alaska

• In 1901, Professor Leonard, the aeronaut, performed acrobatic feats on a horizontal bar suspended from a large balloon over the Bering Sea near Nome.

• In 1925, the Southeast Alaska Fair opened in the Arctic Brotherhood Hall in Juneau.

• In 1947, bidding was opened by the U.S. Forest Service on 1.5 billion cubic feet of timber in the Ketchikan area. This was part of a plan to establish 5 or 6 large paper mills in Alaska.

• In 1974, the U.S. Army provided Kodiak with three emergency generators to give the Kodiak Electric Association a chance to repair broken equipment.

In the nation

• In 1893, hundreds of thousands of settlers swarmed onto a section of land in Oklahoma known as the "Cherokee Strip."

• In 1919, the American Legion was incorporated by an act of Congress.

• In 1940, President Roosevelt signed into law the Selective Training and Service Act, which set up the first peacetime military draft in U.S. history.

• In 1940, Samuel T. Rayburn of Texas was elected speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives.

• In 1953, "The Robe," the first movie presented in the widescreen process CinemaScope, had its world premiere at the Roxy Theater in New York.

• In 1974, President Ford announced a conditional amnesty program for Vietnam war deserters and draft evaders.

• In 1995, President Clinton voiced support for a Senate welfare overhaul plan sponsored by Senate Majority Leader Bob Dole.

• In 2000, campaign aides for Democrat Al Gore and Republican George W. Bush agreed on a series of three debates. American Nancy Johnson captured the first gold medal of the Sydney Olympics, winning the women's 10-meter air rifle.

• In 2004, Hurricane Ivan plowed into the Gulf Coast with 130 mph wind and a major storm surge. All told, Ivan was blamed for at least 115 deaths, 43 in the U.S. The National Hockey League lockout went into effect.

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