This Day in History

Posted: Monday, November 17, 2008

In Alaska, in the Nation and the World

In Alaska

• In 1904, 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 their Anchorage post.

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

In the nation

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

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

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

• In 1968, the NBC television network outraged football fans by cutting away from the closing minutes of a New York Jets-Oakland Raiders game to begin a special presentation of "Heidi" on schedule. (Home viewers were prevented from seeing the Raiders come from behind to beat the Jets, 43-32.)

• 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."

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