This Day in History

Posted: Tuesday, February 03, 2004

In Alaska

• In 1939, the "saloon bill," permitting beer, wine, and hard liquor to be sold by the drink, passed the Alaska Senate by a 5-3 vote.

• In 1961, Juneau's first commercial jet transport, a Pan American Boeing 707 Clipper, arrived at Juneau Airport.

• In 1985, Republicans condemned Gov. Bill Sheffield's appointment of a socialist, Bill Ross, to head the state's Department of Environmental Conservation.

In the nation

• In 1690, the first paper money in America was issued by the colony of Massachusetts. The currency was used to pay soldiers fighting a war against Quebec.

• In 1809, the territory of Illinois was created.

• In 1913, the 16th Amendment to the Constitution, providing for a federal income tax, was ratified.

• In 1917, the United States broke off diplomatic relations with Germany, which had announced a policy of unrestricted submarine warfare.

• In 1924, the 28th president of the United States, Woodrow Wilson, died in Washington at age 67.

• In 1959, a plane crash near Clear Lake, Iowa, claimed the lives of rock-and-roll stars Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and J.P. "The Big Bopper" Richardson.

• In 1994, President Clinton lifted the 19-year-old U.S. trade embargo against Vietnam.

• In 1995, the space shuttle Discovery blasted off with a woman, Air Force Lt. Col. Eileen Collins, in the pilot's seat for the first time in NASA history.

In the world

• In 1783, Spain recognized U.S. independence.

• In 1916, Canada's original Parliament buildings, in Ottawa, burned down.

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