This Day in History

Posted: Thursday, February 05, 2004

In Alaska

• In 1898, the steamer Clara Nevada blew up near Eldred Rock in Lynn Canal. All aboard were lost.

• In 1930, a post office was established at Port Agassiz near Petersburg. In 1942, it was discontinued.

• In 1956, the Alaska Constitutional Convention adjourned in Fairbanks.

• In 1959, the Talkeetna Mountains were being considered as the site of a rocket range for U.S. guided missiles from White Sands, N.M.

In the nation

• In 1631, the founder of Rhode Island, Roger Williams, and his wife arrived in Boston from England.

• In 1881, Phoenix was incorporated.

• In 1917, Congress passed, over President Wilson's veto, an immigration act severely curtailing the influx of Asians.

• In 1937, President Franklin Roosevelt proposed increasing the number of justices on the Supreme Court. Critics accused Roosevelt of attempting to "pack" the high court.

• In 1973, services were held at Arlington National Cemetery for Army Lt. Col. William B. Nolde, the last American soldier killed before the Vietnam cease-fire.

• In 1981, a military jury in North Carolina convicted Marine Pfc. Robert Garwood of collaborating with the enemy while a prisoner of war in Vietnam.

• In 1994, white separatist Byron De La Beckwith was convicted in Jackson, Miss., of murdering civil rights leader Medgar Evers in 1963, and was immediately sentenced to life in prison. Beckwith died Jan. 21, 2001, at age 80.

• In 1999, former heavyweight boxing champion Mike Tyson was sentenced in Maryland to a year in jail for assaulting two motorists following a traffic accident. He ended up serving 3 1/2 months.

• In 2003, Secretary of State Colin Powell urged the U.N. Security Council to move against Saddam Hussein, saying Iraq had failed to disarm, was harboring terrorists and was hiding behind a "web of lies." Longtime CBS News radio reporter Larry LeSueur died in Washington at age 93.

In the world

• In 1783, Sweden recognized the independence of the United States.

• In 1917, Mexico's constitution was adopted.

• In 1958, Gamel Abdel Nasser was formally nominated to become the first president of the new United Arab Republic.

• In 1962, French President Charles De Gaulle called for Algeria's independence.

• In 1983, former Nazi Gestapo official Klaus Barbie, expelled from Bolivia, was brought to Lyon, France, to stand trial. He was convicted and sentenced to life in prison - he died in 1991.

• In 1994, 68 people were killed when a mortar shell exploded in a marketplace in Sarajevo, Bosnia-Herzegovina.

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