This Day in History

Posted: Tuesday, December 16, 2008

In Alaska, in the Nation and the World

In Alaska

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

• In 1947, the Army tanker El Caney, with a crew of 45, was adrift south of the Aleutian Islands in the North Pacific due to a damaged rudder and propeller.

• 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. The passengers and crew suffered only minor injuries.

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 1905, the entertainment trade publication Variety came out with its first weekly issue.

• In 1907, 16 U.S. Navy battleships, which came to be known as the "Great White Fleet," set sail on a 14-month round-the-world voyage to demonstrate American sea power.

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