This Day in History

Posted: Friday, September 21, 2007

In Alaska

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• In 1891, the first Siberian reindeer were released on Unalaska and Amaknak Islands by the Revenue Cutter Bear.

• In 1949, an Anchorage burglar with a sweet tooth broke into a car, spurning everything except a box of candy.

• In 1959, the commander of the Alaska Communication System called Alaskans "the talkingest people in the world," making more long distance calls and talking longer than people outside the state.

• In 1970, Denali State Park was established.

• In 1979, 3½ pounds of cocaine were seized at the Anchorage International Airport in what was then the largest such seizure. The federal government OK'd a plan to shift Juneau's time zone from Pacific to Yukon Time, effective April 27, 1980.

In the nation

• In 1897, the New York Sun ran its famous editorial that declared, "Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus."

• In 1948, Milton Berle made his debut as permanent host of "The Texaco Star Theater" on NBC-TV.

• In 1957, "Perry Mason," starring Raymond Burr, premiered on CBS-TV.

• In 1970, "NFL Monday Night Football" made its debut on ABC-TV as the Cleveland Browns defeated the visiting New York Jets, 31-21.

• In 1982, National Football League players began a 57-day strike, their first regular-season walkout ever.

• In 1987, NFL players went on a 24-day strike, mainly over the issue of free agency.

• In 1997, saying their persistent demands for a special investigation had been vindicated, senior Republicans insisted Attorney General Janet Reno seek appointment of an independent counsel to look into White House fund-raising activities, a day after the Justice Department revealed it had begun a preliminary review.

• In 2002, Miss Illinois Erika Harold was crowned Miss America at the pageant in Atlantic City, N.J.

• In 2006, the White House and rebellious Senate Republicans announced agreement on rules for the interrogation and trial of suspects in the war on terror. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced it would recommend all Americans ages 13 to 64 be routinely tested for HIV.

In the world

• In 1792, the French National Convention voted to abolish the monarchy.

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