This Day in History

Posted: Friday, September 19, 2008

In Alaska, in the Nation and the World

In Alaska

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

• In 1949, Colonel 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 non-stop flight.

• In 1963, Shell Oil Company 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 of the U.S., 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 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."

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