This Day in History

Posted: Friday, February 11, 2005

In Alaska

In 1888, Marie Drake, author of the lyrics to Alaska's Flag, the state song, was born.

In 1939, a "Bone-Dry" bill was introduced in the Alaska Territorial House, prohibiting the manufacture or sale of intoxicating liquor in Alaska.

In 1959, acting Gov. Hugh Wade reluctantly signed the pay bill, giving legislators an annual salary of $3,000, plus $40 a day during session for expenses.

In 1975, for the second time in six years, Anchorage voters approved unification of the city and borough.

In the nation

In 1812, Massachusetts Gov. Elbridge Gerry signed a redistricting law favoring his party - giving rise to the term "gerrymandering."

In 1861, President-elect Lincoln departed Springfield, Ill., for Washington.

In 1937, a sit-down strike against General Motors ended, with the company agreeing to recognize the United Automobile Workers Union.

In 1972, McGraw-Hill Publishing Co. and Life magazine canceled plans to publish what had turned out to be a fake autobiography of reclusive billionaire Howard Hughes.

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