This Day in History

Posted: Wednesday, December 17, 2003

In Alaska

• In 1984, the Alaska Search Light was established in Juneau.

• In 1959, the Annex Creek Power Facility failed, putting Juneau on emergency power for more than a week.

• In 1969, a U.S. House committee cleared the last obstacle allowing the permit to be issued to build the 800-mile trans-Alaska oil pipeline.

• In 1979, Venetie and Arctic Village were granted title to 1.8 million acres of federal land in what was then the "largest Native land conveyance in Alaska's history."

In the nation

• In 1903, Wilbur and Orville Wright of Dayton, Ohio, went on the first successful manned-powered airplane flights, near Kitty Hawk, North Carolina, using their experimental craft, the Wright Flyer. They made four short flights with the Flyer before an ocean gust lifted and badly damaged the plane.

• In 1933, in the first world championship football game, the Chicago Bears defeated the New York Giants, 23-21.

• In 1944, the U.S. Army announced it was ending its policy of excluding Japanese-Americans from the West Coast.

• In 1957, the United States successfully test-fired the Atlas intercontinental ballistic missile for the first time.

• In 1975, Lynette Fromme was sentenced in federal court in Sacramento, Calif., to life in prison for her attempt on the life of President Ford.

• In 1986, Eugene Hasenfus, the American convicted by Nicaragua for his part in running guns to the Contras, was pardoned, then released.

• In 1988, the United States hit Iraq with a second wave of punishing airstrikes. Republicans advanced the impeachment case against President Clinton to the House floor for a debate the following day.

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