This Day in History

Posted: Wednesday, December 10, 2008

In Alaska, in the Nation and the World

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 1958, National Airlines opened the era of U.S. domestic jet passenger service as it began flights between New York and Miami using Boeing 707s leased from Pan Am.

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

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

• In 2003, a divided Supreme Court upheld the broadest restrictions on campaign donations in nearly 30 years. An appeals court ordered a new trial for Lionel Tate, a Florida teen sentenced to life for causing the death of a 6-year-old playmate, Tiffany Eunick. (Lionel, who'd originally been convicted of first-degree murder, pleaded guilty to second-degree murder and went free in January 2004.)

In the world

• In 1520, Martin Luther publicly burned the papal edict demanding that he recant, or face excommunication.

• In 1906, President Theodore 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 was Nicholas Murray Butler).

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

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

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