This Day in History

Posted: Friday, December 21, 2007

In Alaska

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• In 1906, the first message over telegraph cable between Juneau and Wrangell was sent.

• In 1939, buffalo in the Big Delta were reported to be "raiding" an airfield at night and destroying freight in the process. The animals were under the jurisdiction of the Alaska Game Commission.

• In 1964, a fire in Juneau destroyed the Salvation Army Store and the Harbor Leather Co.

• In 1973, the U.S. Army at Fort Wainwright agreed to sell electricity to the Golden Valley Electrical Association.

• In 1978, the U.S. Department of the Interior issued temporary regulations permitting subsistence hunting, fishing, and trapping in 14 of the 15 national monuments created by President Jimmy Carter earlier in the month.

• In 1979, the Alaska Supreme Court upheld the ritual of potlatch when it reversed the conviction of a man who transported a moose out of season to a traditional funeral potlatch in Minto, northwest of Fairbanks.

In the nation

• In 1620, Pilgrims aboard the Mayflower went ashore for the first time at present-day Plymouth, Mass.

• In 1937, the first feature-length animated cartoon in Technicolor, Walt Disney's "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs," had its world premiere in Los Angeles.

• In 1967, the comedy-drama "The Graduate," starring Dustin Hoffman and Anne Bancroft, was released.

• In 1968, Apollo 8 was launched on a mission to orbit the moon.

• In 1987, in New York, three white teenagers from the Howard Beach section of Queens were convicted of manslaughter in the death of a black man who was chased onto a highway, where he was struck by a car; a fourth defendant was acquitted.

• In 1997, President Clinton, accompanied by his wife and daughter, left for Bosnia to spread holiday cheer - and to carry the news that he wanted U.S. troops to remain there indefinitely as the region recovered from its devastating war.

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