This Day in History

Posted: Friday, February 04, 2005

In Alaska

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

• In 1939, U.S. Secretary of the Interior Harold L. Ickes "demanded" imposition of an 8 percent tax on Alaska gold production.

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

• In 1969, Robert Pavitt, Anchorage Borough planning director, 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 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.

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