This Day in History

Posted: Wednesday, September 19, 2007

In Alaska

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• In 1903, The Fairbanks News was established. It later combined with the Fairbanks Miner.

• In 1949, Col. Brent Balchen, an Arctic aviation pioneer and his crew flew a U.S. Air Force transport plane 3,700 miles from Anchorage to Oslo, Norway in a record-breaking 22.5 hour nonstop flight.

• In 1963, Shell Oil Co. announced a major oil discovery in Cook Inlet.

• In 1969, The U.S.S. Manhattan, an ice-breaking tanker on an experimental voyage through the Northwest Passage from the East Coast, took delivery of one barrel of North Slope crude oil off Prudhoe Bay. Humble Oil hoped ice breaking oil tankers could take North Slope crude to market.

In the nation

• In 1796, President George Washington's farewell address was published. In it, the nation's first chief executive wrote, "Observe good faith and justice towards all Nations; cultivate peace and harmony with all."

• In 1934, Bruno Hauptmann was arrested in New York and charged with the kidnap-murder of Charles A. Lindbergh Jr.

• In 1959, Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev reacted angrily during a visit to Los Angeles upon being told that, for security reasons, he would not be allowed to visit Disneyland.

• In 1960, Cuban leader Fidel Castro, in New York to visit the United Nations, angrily checked out of the Shelburne Hotel in a dispute with the management; Castro accepted an invitation to stay at the Hotel Theresa in Harlem.

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