This Day in History

Posted: Tuesday, December 11, 2007

In Alaska

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• In 1902, the Kotzebue Post Office was established with Dana H. Thomas as postmaster.

• In 1925, the Cape Spencer Light Station was commissioned by the U.S. Lighthouse Service.

• In 1939, Seldovia began using water from its own city water system. The project was handled by the PWA, a New Deal agency.

• In 1964, the State Commissioner of Public Works announced plans to build a new international terminal at Anchorage International Airport.

• In 1979, the Beaufort Sea Oil and Gas Lease Sale brought $1 billion, of which $456 million went to the state of Alaska.

In the nation

• In 1816, Indiana became the 19th state.

• In 1882, Boston's Bijou Theatre, the first American playhouse to be lighted exclusively by electricity, gave its first performance (Gilbert and Sullivan's "Iolanthe").

• In 1957, the movie "Peyton Place," based on the novel by Grace Metalious, had its world premiere in Camden, Maine, where most of it had been filmed.

• In 1997, Henry Cisneros, President Clinton's first housing secretary, was indicted on charges of conspiracy, obstructing justice and making false statements about payments to his former mistress. (Cisneros, who later pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor, was eventually pardoned by Clinton.)

• In 2002, a congressional report found that intelligence agencies that were supposed to protect Americans from the Sept. 11 hijackers failed to do so because they were poorly organized, poorly equipped and slow to pursue clues that might have prevented the attacks.

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