This Day in History

Posted: Monday, September 24, 2007

In Alaska

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• 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 2,191 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.

In the nation

• In 1789, Congress passed a Judiciary Act that provided for an Attorney General and a Supreme Court.

• In 1869, thousands of businessmen were ruined in a Wall Street panic known as "Black Friday" after financiers Jay Gould and James Fisk attempted to corner the gold market.

• In 1929, Lt. James H. Doolittle guided a Consolidated NY-2 Biplane over Mitchel Field in New York in the first all-instrument flight.

• In 1948, Mildred Gillars, accused of being Nazi wartime radio propagandist "Axis Sally," pleaded not guilty in Washington, D.C., to charges of treason. (Gillars, later convicted, ended up serving 12 years in prison.)

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