This Day in History

Posted: Thursday, September 23, 2004

Today

• In 1959, an Anchorage Daily Times editorial argued that Juneau was too remote from the rest of Alaska to be considered a good state capital. Alaska's Labor Commissioner, Lewis Dischner, reported that the Teamsters Union and an AFL-CIO affiliate were beginning separate efforts to organize state employees.

• In 1969, Dr. Richard Warner, a Canadian professor of environmental biology, warned that an oil spill in the Arctic could produce disastrous pollution which could persist for decades, perhaps centuries. In 1969, the ice-breaking tanker, the U.S.S. Manhattan, began its return voyage from Alaska to the East Coast of the U.S. with one barrel of North Slope crude oil.

In the nation

• In 1642, Harvard College in Cambridge, Mass., held its first commencement.

• In 1779, during the Revolutionary War, the American warship "Bon Homme Richard" defeated the HMS Serapis after the American commander, John Paul Jones, is said to have declared: "I have not yet begun to fight!"



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