This Day in History

Posted: Friday, December 10, 2004

In Alaska

• In 1826, John H. Kinkead, the first governor, was born in Pennsylvania.

• 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.





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