This Day in History

Posted: Friday, February 07, 2003

In Alaska

• In 1893, a fire at Metlakatla destroyed 24 homes.

• In 1911, the steamer Victoria went on the rocks at Hinchinbrook Island, but was later salvaged.

• In 1931, the Coast Guard cutter Tallapoosa arrived in Juneau from Baltimore to take permanent station.

• In 1969, Sen. Mike Gravel called for the United States to pay half the cost of the Alaska-Canadian Highway.

In the nation

• In 1936, President Franklin Roosevelt authorized a flag for the office of the vice president.

• In 1943, the government announced that shoe rationing would go into effect in two days, limiting consumers to buying three pairs per person for the remainder of the year.

• In 1948, Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower resigned as Army chief of staff; he was succeeded by Gen. Omar Bradley.

• In 1964, the Beatles began their first American tour as they arrived at New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport.

• In 1983, Elizabeth H. Dole was sworn in as the first female secretary of transportation by the first woman on the U.S. Supreme Court, Justice Sandra Day O'Connor.

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