This Day in History

Posted: Thursday, September 25, 2008

In Alaska, in the Nation and the World

In Alaska

• In 1907, a battle took place in Keystone Canyon, near Valdez, over a railroad right-of-way.

• In 1910, the Copper River and Northwestern Railway link to Chitna was established, and in succeeding years Railroad Day was celebrated.

• In 1932, the Russell Hyde Merrill memorial beacon was dedicated in Anchorage.

• In 1969, rupture of a rubberized oil storage bladder at Prudhoe Bay spilled 20,000 gallons of jet fuel onto the rime ice over the bay. A protective dike around the oil storage area was still under construction.

In the nation

• In 1690, one of the earliest American newspapers, Publick Occurrences, published its first - and last - edition in Boston.

• In 1789, the first United States Congress adopted 12 amendments to the Constitution and sent them to the states for ratification. (Ten of the amendments became the Bill of Rights.)

• In 1890, Wilford Woodruff, president of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, issued a manifesto formally renouncing the practice of polygamy.

• In 1919, President Wilson collapsed after a speech in Pueblo, Colo., during a national speaking tour in support of the Treaty of Versailles.

• In 1957, nine black students who'd been forced to withdraw from Central High School in Little Rock, Ark., because of unruly white crowds were escorted to class by members of the U.S. Army's 101st Airborne Division.

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