This Day in History

Posted: Thursday, February 24, 2005

In Alaska

In 1939, delegate Anthony Dimond said that the Wage and Hour Administration would devise some means to exempt placer miners from certain provisions of the Wage and Hour Act.

In 1957, the first commercial airline flight from Europe to the Orient landed in Anchorage for a stopover.

In 1979, Alaska Airlines opened up its service to Portland, Oregon.

In the nation

In 1868, the House of Representatives impeached President Andrew Johnson following his attempted dismissal of Secretary of War Edwin M. Stanton; Johnson was later acquitted by the Senate.

In 1863, Arizona was organized as a territory.

In 1942, the Voice of America went on the air for the first time.

In 1983, a congressional commission released a report condemning the internment of Japanese-Americans during World War II as a "grave injustice."

In 1995, under pressure from farm-state Republicans, House leaders abandoned a campaign promise to disband the food stamp program.

In 2000, the state of Texas executed Betty Lou Beets, 62, by injection for murdering her fifth husband after Gov. George W. Bush refused to intervene.

In 2004, Democrat John Kerry defeated John Edwards by large margins in Utah and Florida, and also won in Hawaii, where Edwards ran third behind Dennis Kucinich. President Bush urged approval of a constitutional amendment banning gay marriages.

In the world

In 1821, Mexico declared its independence from Spain.

In 1903, the United States signed an agreement acquiring a naval station at Guantanamo Bay in Cuba.

In 1920, a fledgling German political party held its first meeting of importance in Munich; it became known as the Nazi Party, and its chief spokesman was Adolf Hitler.

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