This Day in History

Posted: Wednesday, December 10, 2003

In AlaskaP>

• In 1910, the steamship Olympia was permanently stranded on Bligh Reef near Valdez.

• In 1951, the Anchorage International Airport officially opened.

• In 1979, the Alaska Supreme Court held an emergency session to hear arguments from the village of Kaktovik and environmentalists against allowing the Beaufort Sea oil and gas lease sale. The court unanimously agreed to permit the lease sale.

In the nation

• In 1817, Mississippi was admitted as the 20th state.

• In 1869, women were granted the right to vote in the Wyoming Territory.

• In 1906, President Theodore Roosevelt became the first American to be awarded the Nobel Peace Prize, for helping to mediate an end to the Russo-Japanese War.

• In 1931, Jane Addams became a co-recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize, the first American woman so honored.

• In 1950, Ralph J. Bunche was presented the Nobel Peace Prize, the first black American to receive the award.

• In 1958, the first domestic passenger jet flight took place in the U.S. as a National Airlines Boeing 707 flew 111 passengers from New York to Miami in about two and a-half hours.

• In 1967, singer Otis Redding died in the crash of his private plane in Wisconsin.

• In 1978, movie director Edward D. Wood Jr. ("Plan 9 From Outer Space") died in North Hollywood, Calif., at age 54.

• In 1998, Republicans on the House Judiciary Committee lined up one by one in favor of impeaching President Clinton. Democrats vowed opposition after lawyers clashed in closing arguments over alleged "high crimes and misdemeanors."

• In 2002, former President Jimmy Carter accepted the Nobel Peace Prize for his diplomacy in the Middle East in the 1970s.

In the world

• In 1898, a treaty was signed in Paris officially ending the Spanish-American War.

• In 1948, the U.N. General Assembly adopted its Universal Declaration on Human Rights.

• In 1964, Martin Luther King Jr. received the Nobel Peace Prize during ceremonies in Oslo, Norway.

• In 1993, South African President F.W. de Klerk and African National Congress leader Nelson Mandela accepted their Nobel Peace Prize in Oslo, Norway.

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