This Day in History

Posted: Wednesday, September 29, 2004

In Alaska.

• In 1969, contents of a scientific report, kept secret for 10 months, warned of earthquake risk from underground nuclear tests on Amchitka Island in the Aleutians.

• In 1974, two bulldozer teams met at the South Fork of the Koyukuk River, completing the 360-mile gravel bed overlay for the first road in the United States to cross the Arctic Circle. It became known as the North Slope Haul Road, and later the Dalton Highway. A formal ribbon-cutting was held, but many dignitaries were snowed out.

In the nation

• In 1789, the U.S. War Department established a regular army with a strength of several hundred men.

• In 1954, the movie musical "A Star Is Born," starring Judy Garland and James Mason, had its world premiere at the Pantages Theater in Hollywood.

• In 1982, seven people in the Chicago area died after unwittingly taking Extra-Strength Tylenol capsules laced with cyanide.

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