This Day in History

Posted: Sunday, February 22, 2004

In Alaska

• In 1972, Juneau-Douglas Community College on Fifth Street was destroyed by fire. Kluane, Nehanni, and Baffin Islands national parks were established.

• In 1975, Anchorage police nearly panicked at the report of the theft of a Boeing 720B airplane from the Anchorage International Airport. But calm returned when it was learned the airplane was a model airplane stolen from Western Airlines.

In the nation

• In 1732, the first president of the United States, George Washington, was born at his parents' plantation in the Virginia Colony.

• In 1819, Spain ceded Florida to the United States.

• In 1879, Frank Winfield Woolworth opened a 5-cent store in Utica, N.Y.

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