This Day in History

Posted: Friday, December 30, 2005

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.

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

In the nation

• In 1852, future U.S. president Rutherford B. Hayes married Lucy Ware Webb in Cincinnati.

• In 1853, the United States bought some 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 No. 1 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 1994, a gunman walked into a pair of suburban Boston abortion clinics and opened fire, killing two employees and wounding five other people (John C. Salvi III was later convicted of murder; he committed suicide in prison).

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 1995, a U.S. military policeman, Martin John Begosh, became the first American injured in NATO's fledgling Bosnia peace mission when his Humvee hit an anti-tank mine.

• In 2000, in the Philippines, 22 people were killed in five bombings in the Manila area.

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