This Day in History

In Alaska; In the Nation; In the World.

Posted: Monday, December 16, 2002

In Alaska

• In 1929, the first concrete was poured for what is now the Alaska State Capitol building in Juneau.

• In 1975, a Japan Airlines 747 passenger jet, buffeted by 30 knot winds, blew off an icy taxiway at Anchorage International Airport;, plunging into a 60-foot deep gully.

In the nation

• In 1773, the Boston Tea Party took place as American colonists boarded a British ship and dumped more than 300 chests of tea overboard to protest tea taxes.

• In 1960, 134 people were killed when a United Air Lines DC-8 and a TWA Super Constellation collided over New York City.

In the world

• In 1997, U.N. weapons monitor Richard Butler left Iraq after failing to persuade President Saddam Hussein to open his palaces to inspections.

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