This Day in History

Posted: Thursday, September 22, 2005

In Alaska

• In 1898, the Discovery claim was staked on Anvil Creek, touching off the Nome Gold Rush.

• In 1959, David L. Luce, a California official, was named administrative director of the newly formed Alaska State Court System.

• In 1959, the Matanuska Valley Chamber of Commerce asked the state's Planning Commission to study the proposed relocation of the state capital.

• In 1969, the oldest Russian Church in Alaska, the Church of the Holy Resurrection, in Kodiak was rededicated.

• In 1969, Hawaiian legislators voiced concern over a possible tidal wave caused by the Atomic Energy Commission's planned nuclear tests in the Aleutian Islands.

• In 1995, an AWACS plane carrying U.S. and Canadian military personnel crashed on takeoff from Elmendorf Air Force Base near Anchorage, killing all 24 people aboard.

In the nation

• In 1789, Congress authorized the office of postmaster general.

• In 1927, Gene Tunney successfully defended his heavyweight boxing title against Jack Dempsey in the famous "long-count" fight in Chicago.

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