This Day in History

Posted: Wednesday, November 17, 2004

In Alaska

• In 1896, the post office of Tyoonok was established on Cook Inlet. In 1905, the name was changed to Tyonek.

• In 1916, a 40-man detachment of U.S. infantry arrived at its Anchorage post.

• In 1963, the Glacier Valley Elementary School in Juneau was dedicated.

In the nation

• In 1800, Congress held its first session in Washington in the partially completed Capitol.

• In 1925, actor Rock Hudson was born in Winnetka, Ill.

• In 1934, Lyndon Baines Johnson married Claudia Alta Taylor, better known as "Lady Bird."

• In 1962, Washington's Dulles International Airport was dedicated by President Kennedy.

• In 1973, President Nixon told Associated Press managing editors meeting in Orlando, Fla.: "People have got to know whether or not their president is a crook. Well, I'm not a crook."

• In 1994, Francisco Martin Duran, the Colorado man accused of an assault-rifle attack on the White House, was indicted on a new charge of trying to assassinate President Clinton. The Andrew Lloyd Webber musical "Sunset Boulevard" opened on Broadway with Glenn Close as faded movie star Norma Desmond.

• In 2003, John Allen Muhammad was convicted of two counts of capital murder in the Washington-area sniper shootings.

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