This Day in History

Posted: Friday, December 09, 2005

In Alaska

• In 1947, the Fairbanks City Council approved plans to buy 100 parking meters.

• In 1948, the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Storis arrived in Juneau to take up permanent station.

• In 1964, 1 million acres of North Slope land were leased for oil and gas development for $5.6 million. Gov. William Egan expressed his disappointment over the amount paid for the leases.

• In 1964, Anchorage police began rounding up loose dogs. This unprecedented action followed a flurry of dog bite incidents and reports of dogs roaming the city in packs.

In the nation

• In 1907, Christmas seals went on sale for the first time, at the Wilmington, Del., post office; proceeds went to fight tuberculosis.

• In 1958, the anti-Communist John Birch Society was formed in Indianapolis.

• In 1975, President Ford signed a $2.3 billion seasonal loan-authorization that officials of New York City and state said would prevent a city default.

• In 1995, U.S. Rep. Kweisi Mfume, D-Md., was chosen to become the new head of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People.

• In 2000, the U.S. Supreme Court ordered a temporary halt in the Florida vote count on which Al Gore pinned his best hopes of winning the White House.

In the world

• In 1854, Alfred Lord Tennyson's famous poem, "The Charge of the Light Brigade," was published in England.

• In 1940, British troops opened their first major offensive in North Africa during World War II.

• In 1965, Nikolai V. Podgorny replaced Anastas I. Mikoyan as president of the Presidium of the Supreme Soviet.

• In 1984, the five-day-old hijacking of a Kuwaiti jetliner that claimed the lives of two Americans ended as Iranian security men seized control of the plane, which was parked at Tehran airport.

• In 1990, Solidarity founder Lech Walesa won Poland's presidential runoff by a landslide.

• In 1992, Britain's Prince Charles and Princess Diana announced their separation. (The couple's divorce became final Aug. 28, 1996.)

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