This Day in History

Posted: Tuesday, December 13, 2005

In Alaska

• In 1914, the post office of Akutan was established with Hugh McGlasham Sr. as postmaster.

• In 1926, the post office of Port Alexander, on Baranof Island in Southeast Alaska, was established with Dorothy M. Stoddard as postmaster.

• In 1962, drilling began on an exploratory offshore Richfield oil well connected to shore by a 2,300-foot causeway in Wide Bay, 150 miles west of Kodiak - a first in Alaskan oil exploration.

In the nation

• In 1769, Dartmouth College, in New Hampshire, received its charter.

• In 1862, Union forces suffered a major defeat to the Confederates at the Battle of Fredericksburg.

• In 1928, George Gershwin's musical work "An American in Paris" had its premiere, at Carnegie Hall in New York.

• In 1964, in El Paso, Texas, President Johnson and Mexican President Gustavo Diaz Ordaz set off an explosion that diverted the Rio Grande, reshaping the U.S.-Mexican border and ending a century-old dispute.

• In 1978, the Philadelphia Mint began stamping the Susan B. Anthony dollar, which went into circulation the following July.

• In 1994, an American Eagle commuter plane carrying 20 people crashed short of Raleigh-Durham International Airport in

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