This Day in History

Posted: Tuesday, February 22, 2005

In Alaska

In 1972, Juneau-Douglas Community College on Fifth Street was destroyed by fire.

In 1972, Kluane, Nehanni, and Baffin Islands national parks were established.

In the nation

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

In 1889, President Cleveland signed a bill to admit the Dakotas, Montana and Washington state to the Union.

In 1924, Calvin Coolidge delivered the first presidential radio broadcast from the White House.

In 1934, the romantic comedy "It Happened One Night," starring Clark Gable and Claudette Colbert, opened at New York's Radio City Music Hall.

In 1935, it became illegal for airplanes to fly over the White House.

In 1984, a 12-year-old Houston boy known publicly only as "David," who'd spent most his life in a plastic bubble because he had no immunity to disease, died 15 days after being removed from the bubble for a bone-marrow transplant.

In 2000, John McCain won Republican primaries in Michigan and his home state of Arizona.

In 2004, consumer advocate Ralph Nader entered the presidential race as an independent.

In the world

In 1819, Spain ceded Florida to the United States.

In 1892, "Lady Windermere's Fan," by Oscar Wilde, was first performed, at London's St. James's Theater.

In 1973, the United States and Communist China agreed to establish liaison offices.

In 1980, the United States Olympic hockey team upset the Soviets at Lake Placid, N.Y., 4-3. (The U.S. team went on to win the gold medal.)

In 1995, France accused four American diplomats and a fifth U.S. citizen of spying, and asked them to leave the country. Security forces in Algiers crushed a prison uprising by Islamic extremists, resulting in 96 deaths by official count.

In 2004, a Palestinian suicide bomber blew himself up on a crowded Jerusalem bus, killing seven passengers. Rebels captured Haiti's second-largest city, claiming Cap-Haitien as their biggest prize in a two-week-old uprising.

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