This Day in History

Posted: Sunday, February 02, 2003

In Alaska

• In 1925, Diphtheria serum was delivered to Nome from Nenana by dogsled relay. Part of this route later became the Iditarod Dogsled Race route.

• In 1931, The American flag was raised for the first time over the new capitol of the Territory of Alaska by Governor George Parks with 400 school children attending.

• In 1939, Edward Lewis "Bob" Bartlett took office as Secretary of Alaska.

• In 1985, A fire destroyed the Alaska Glacier Seafood Company and Cold Storage facility in Petersburg.

In the nation

• In 1653, New Amsterdam - now New York City - was incorporated.

• In 1876, the National League of Professional Base Ball Clubs was formed in New York.

• In 1945, President Franklin Roosevelt and British Prime Minister Winston Churchill departed Malta for the summit in Yalta with Soviet leader Josef Stalin.

• In 1996, dancer, actor and choreographer Gene Kelly died at his Beverly Hills, Calif., home; he was 83.

• In 1998, President Clinton unveiled a $1.73 trillion budget claiming the first surpluses in 30 years.

In the world

• In 1848, the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo, ending the Mexican War, was signed.

• In 1943, the remainder of Nazi forces from the Battle of Stalingrad surrendered in a major victory for the Soviets in World War II.

• In 1971, Idi Amin assumed power in Uganda, following a coup that ousted President Milton Obote.



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