This Day in History

Posted: Sunday, November 09, 2003

In Alaska

• In 1929, Alaska pioneer aviator Ben Eielson and his mechanic Earl Borland, were reported lost in Siberia on a flight from Teller, to salvage furs from an ice-bound ship. Their bodies were finally discovered in mid-February the next year.

• In 1939, for the first time, three women appeared as a team on KFAR-AM, Fairbanks' weekly radio quiz, "On The Spot."

• In 1940, a Pan American DC3 left Seattle for Juneau, taking over the route from the "flying boats."

• In 1959, the seven residents of Chicken offered their community as an alternative to Palmer as a new location for Alaska's capital, saying, "Each session would have to start in October before the road closed," and the peace and quiet in Chicken would offer ample time for contemplation without interruption.

• In 1979, a Japanese factory-fishing ship went aground near the village of St. Paul in the Pribilof Islands, spilling more than 100,000 gallons of diesel fuel. Sohio-BP Alaska and ARCO withdrew their support for the Petroleum Club of Anchorage (a group of oil executives) over its refusal to allow women members.

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