This Day in History

Posted: Tuesday, December 30, 2008

In Alaska, in the Nation and the World

In Alaska

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

• In 1938, E.W. Griffin, secretary of Alaska, died of a heart attack while delivering a speech in Juneau.

• 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. It was the first cancellation in the association's history, although the next year, it also was canceled 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.

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