This Day in History

Posted: Monday, February 14, 2005

In Alaska

In 1779, Capt. James Cook was killed in Hawaii.

In 1916, the final blast was fired in the tunnel to tap Annex Lake for the Alaska Gastineau Power Plant.

In 1928, the Lions Club of Juneau was organized.

In 1931, the Federal and Territorial Building, now the State Capitol, was dedicated in Juneau.

In the nation

In 1778, the American ship "Ranger" carried the recently adopted Star and Stripes to a foreign port for the first time as it arrived in France.

In 1859, Oregon was admitted to the Union as the 33rd state.

In 1903, the Department of Commerce and Labor was established. It was divided into separate departments of Commerce and Labor in 1913.

In 1912, Arizona became the 48th state of the Union.

In 1920, the League of Women Voters was founded in Chicago. Its first president was Maude Wood Park.

In 1929, the "St. Valentine's Day Massacre" took place in a Chicago garage as seven rivals of Al Capone's gang were gunned down.

In 1984, 6-year-old Stormie Jones became the world's first heart-liver transplant recipient at Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh. She lived until November 1990.

In 1995, a federal judge rejected the Justice Department's proposed antitrust settlement with Microsoft Corporation. U.S. District Judge Stanley Sporkin was later overruled by an appeals court. The House passed the centerpiece of the Republican anti-crime package, voting to create block grants for local governments while eliminating President Clinton's program to hire more police. The president later vetoed a spending authorization bill containing this provision.

In 2000, three tornadoes tore across rural southwest Georgia, killing 20 people and destroying homes, businesses and farms. Two sophomores at Columbine High School in Littleton, Colo., were found shot to death in a fast-food restaurant just two blocks from the school, which was still reeling from the April 1999 massacre.

In the world

In 1945, Peru, Paraguay, Chile and Ecuador joined the United Nations.

In 1979, Adolph Dubs, the U.S. ambassador to Afghanistan, was kidnapped in Kabul by Muslim extremists and killed in a shoot-out between his abductors and police.

In 1985, Cable News Network reporter Jeremy Levin, who was being held hostage by extremists in Lebanon, was freed.

In 1989, Iran's Ayatollah Khomeini called on Muslims to kill Salman Rushdie, author of "The Satanic Verses," a novel condemned as blasphemous.

In 2004, guerrillas overwhelmed a police station west of Baghdad, killing 23 people and freeing dozens of prisoners.

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