This Day in History

Posted: Sunday, December 07, 2008

In Alaska

• In 1925, the U.S. Supreme Court upheld Alaska's graduated excise tax on canned salmon.

• In 1931, 20 tons of dynamite was set off at the Alaska-Juneau gold mine to bring down an estimated 750,000 tons of rock.

• In 1979, state and federal judges refused to cancel the planned Beaufort Sea oil and gas lease sale scheduled for Dec. 11.

In the nation

• In 1787, Delaware became the first state to ratify the U.S. Constitution.

• In 1796, electors chose John Adams to be the second president of the United States.

• In 1972, America's last moon mission to date was launched as Apollo 17 blasted off from Cape Canaveral, Fla.

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