This Day in History

Posted: Tuesday, December 30, 2003

In Alaska

• In 1902, two men were killed in a snowslide near Cordova.

• In 1960, the Alaska Sled Dog and Racing Association called off the first race of the season (scheduled for Jan. 1) because of no snow. This was the first cancellation in the association's history, although the next year it was also cancelled due to warm weather.

• In 1964, a major fire in downtown Juneau gutted the J.B. Caro Building, including Alaska Transfer & Storage and the Chilkat Fuel Co.

In the nation

• In 1852, future President Rutherford B. Hayes married Lucy Ware Webb in Cincinnati.

• In 1853, 150 years ago, the United States bought 45,000 square miles of land from Mexico in a deal known as the Gadsden Purchase.

• In 1903, about 600 people died when fire broke out at the recently opened Iroquois Theater in Chicago.

• In 1936, the United Auto Workers union staged its first "sit-down" strike, at the Fisher Body Plant Number One in Flint, Mich.

• In 1940, California's first freeway, the Arroyo Seco Parkway connecting Los Angeles and Pasadena, was officially opened.

• In 1948, the Cole Porter musical "Kiss Me, Kate" opened on Broadway.

• In 1978, Ohio State University fired Woody Hayes as its football coach, one day after Hayes punched Clemson University player Charlie Bauman during the Gator Bowl after Bauman intercepted an Ohio pass.

• In 1998, weak but radiant with pride, Nkem Chukwu, the mother of the Houston octuplets, went home from the hospital.

In the world

• In 1911, Sun Yat-sen was elected the first president of the Republic of China.

• In 1922, Vladimir I. Lenin proclaimed the establishment of the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics.

• In 1944, King George II of Greece proclaimed a regency to rule his country, virtually renouncing the throne.

• In 1972, the United States halted its heavy bombing of North Vietnam.

• In 1993, Israel and the Vatican agreed to recognize each other.

• In 2002, a suspected extremist killed three U.S. missionaries at a Baptist hospital in Yemen. (Abed Abdul Razak Kamel was sentenced to death in May for killing the missionaries.) China catapulted a fourth unmanned craft into orbit.

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