This Day in History

Posted: Monday, December 10, 2007

In Alaska, in the Nation and the World

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In Alaska

• 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 1967, singer Otis Redding, 26, and six others were killed in the crash of their plane in Lake Monona, Wis.

• In 1997, the Supreme Court narrowed double-jeopardy protections for people who face both civil fines and criminal prosecution for the same conduct, ruling that three Oklahoma men could be prosecuted in a bank failure case even though they'd already paid civil fines for their actions.

• In 2002, President Bush selected William H. Donaldson, an investment banker with ties to Wall Street and the Bush family, as chairman of the besieged Securities and Exchange Commission.

In the world

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

• In 1931, Jane Addams became the first American woman to be awarded the Nobel Peace Prize (the co-recipient that year was Nicholas Murray Butler).

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

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

• In 1964, Martin Luther King Jr. received his Nobel Peace Prize.

• In 2002, former President Carter accepted the Nobel Peace Prize for his diplomacy in the Middle East in the '70s.

• In 2006, Iraqi President Jalal Talabani criticized a bipartisan U.S. report on American war policies, saying it contained some "very dangerous" recommendations that would undermine the sovereignty of Iraq. Tenor Roberto Alagna walked out of a performance of Verdi's "Aida" at Italy's famed La Scala opera house when the audience booed his rendition of the aria "Celeste Aida."

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