This Day in History

Posted: Thursday, October 06, 2005

In Alaska

• In 1869, the Fort Wrangel Post Office was established.

• In 1904, the first telegraph message was sent between Sitka and Valdez via the new submarine cable.

• In 1947, a record price of $57.92 each was set at a St. Louis auction for government-owned seal skins from the Pribilof Islands.

• In 1959, one hundred thousand pounds of reindeer meat from Nunivak Island was in transit to markets in New York City, Washington D.C., and Hawaii.

• In 1959, George Byer was elected mayor of Anchorage.

• In 1979, the Dena'ina people of Kenai celebrated their first potlatch in 70 years. More than 300 people came. Potlatches were stopped by the Russian Orthodox Church in 1907.

In the nation

• In 1884, the Naval War College was established in Newport, R.I.

• In 1927, the era of talking pictures arrived with the opening of "The Jazz Singer," a movie starring Al Jolson which featured both silent and sound-synchronized scenes.

• In 1949, President Truman signed the Mutual Defense Assistance Act, totaling $1.3 billion in military aid to NATO countries.

• In 1949, American-born Iva Toguri D'Aquino, convicted of treason for being Japanese wartime broadcaster "Tokyo Rose," was sentenced in San Francisco to 10 years in prison.

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