This day in History

Posted: Wednesday, September 24, 2003

In Alaska

• In 1794, eight monks from the Russian Orthodox Church reached Kodiak, founding their faith in North America.

• In 1917, the Katmai National Monument, in Southwestern Alaska, was established with a proclamation by President Woodrow Wilson.

• In 1924, a fire destroyed a large part of the business district of Tanana.

• In 1934, a single-engine biplane took off from Cordova in the first flight of Cordova Airlines.

• In 1949, Pan American World Airways resumed the world's longest aerial "milk run." Twice a week, it flew 2191 miles from Seattle to Nome carrying 120 pounds of fresh milk for free distribution to Nome children.

• In 1979, the Southeast Alaska Conservation Council filed a lawsuit against the State, charging that a recent timber sale endangered the eagle habitat in the Chilkat Valley near Haines.

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