This Day in History

Posted: Wednesday, February 22, 2006

In Alaska

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

• 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 1879, Frank Winfield Woolworth opened a 5 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 1935, it became illegal for airplanes to fly over the White House.

• In 1980, the U.S. 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 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 1996, President Clinton announced he would nominate Alan Greenspan to a third term as chairman of the Federal Reserve.

• In 2001, President Bush held his first full-fledged presidential news conference, in which he defended his tax-cutting and budget-tightening plans and gave FBI Director Louis Freeh a vote of confidence following the arrest of veteran agent Robert Hanssen on spying charges.

• In 2005, a Virginia man was charged with plotting with al-Qaida to kill President Bush. (Ahmed Omar Abu Ali was convicted on all counts in November 2005.)

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 1996, the space shuttle Columbia blasted into orbit on a mission to unreel a satellite on the end of a 12.8-mile cord.

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