This Day in History

Posted: Friday, November 09, 2007

In Alaska

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• 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 discovered in mid-February the next year.

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

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

• In 1959, 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 that 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 a group of oil executives called the Petroleum Club of Anchorage, over the group's refusal to allow women members. Several Phantom F-4E fighter jets roared into the sky from Elmendorf Air Force Base when a computer mistake caused a six-minute nationwide missile defense false alarm.

In the nation

• In 1872, fire destroyed nearly 800 buildings in Boston.

• In 1935, United Mine Workers president John L. Lewis and other labor leaders formed the Committee for Industrial Organization (later Congress of Industrial Organizations).

• In 1967, a Saturn V rocket carrying an unmanned Apollo spacecraft blasted off from Cape Kennedy on a successful test flight.

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