This Day in History

Posted: Tuesday, February 04, 2003

In Alaska

• In 1920, Juneau police recovered a 500-pound safe stolen the previous day by following the sled tracks to a cabin where two theives were arrested and $200 recovered from an unopened safe.

• In 1939, U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ickles "demanded" imposition of an 8% tax on Alaskan gold production.

• In 1941, The Alaska Defense Command was established under General Simon Bolivar Buckner.

• In 1969, Anchorage Borough Planning Director, Robert Pavitt, predicted an Anchorage population of 250,000 by 1988.

• In 1975, Ham omelets cooked in Anchorage were blamed for causing food poisoning of 140 passengers on a Japan Air Lines 747.

• In 1985, The Attu battlegrounds and airfields were designated as national historic landmarks.

In the nation

• In 1783, Britain declared a formal cessation of hostilities with its former colonies, the United States of America.

• In 1789, electors unanimously chose George Washington to be the first president of the United States.

• In 1801, John Marshall was sworn in as chief justice of the United States.

• In 1861, delegates from six Southern states met in Montgomery, Ala., to form the Confederate States of America.

• In 1932, New York Gov. Franklin D. Roosevelt opened the Winter Olympic Games at Lake Placid.

• In 1941, the United Service Organizations came into existence.

• In 1974, newspaper heiress Patricia Hearst was kidnapped in Berkeley, Calif., by the Symbionese Liberation Army.

• In 1983, 20 years ago, singer Karen Carpenter died in Downey, Calif., at age 32.

• In 1993, A jury in Atlanta found General Motors negligent in the fuel-tank design of a pickup truck and awarded $105.2 million to the parents of a teen-ager killed in a fiery 1989 crash. (The negligence verdict was later overturned, and the parents of Shannon Moseley reached an out-of-court settlement with GM.)

• In 1997, a civil jury in Santa Monica, Calif., found O.J. Simpson liable for the deaths of his ex-wife, Nicole Brown Simpson, and her friend, Ronald Goldman.

• In 2002, President Bush proposed a $2.3 trillion budget, including billions for fighting terrorism. The World Economic Forum concluded five days of meetings in New York. Former Enron chairman and chief executive Kenneth Lay resigned from the board, cutting his last tie to the company beyond stock ownership.

In the world

• In 1945, President Roosevelt, British Prime Minister Winston Churchill and Soviet leader Josef Stalin began a wartime conference at Yalta.

• In 1976, more than 22,000 people died when a severe earthquake struck Guatemala and Honduras.

• In 1998, An estimated 5,000 people were killed when an earthquake hit northeast Afghanistan with a magnitude of 6.1.

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