This Day in History

Posted: Tuesday, February 25, 2003

In Alaska

• In 1909, The first stamp mill in Interior Alaska began work near Fairbanks.

• In 1927, Alaska Supreme Court Chief Justice Jay Rabinowitz was born in Philadelphia, Pa.

• In 1948, A pilotless plane took off from Nome by itself, heading for Siberia. It disappeared heading for St. Lawrence Island, after several unsuccessful attempts were made to shoot it down.

• In 1959, Governor Bill Egan was released from a Seattle hospital following life-threatening gallbladder surgery.

• In 1969, Arctic explorer Bernt Balchin predicted that the Arctic Ice Pack was thinning and may become open sea by the end of the century.

• In 1988, The Alaska House of Representatives approved the $75.2 million Jobs Bill, including funds for over 500 construction, repair, and maintenance projects around the state.

In the nation

• In 1793, the department heads of the U.S. government met with President Washington at his home for the first Cabinet meeting on record.

• In 1901, United States Steel Corp. was incorporated by J.P. Morgan.

• In 1913, the 16th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, giving Congress the power to levy and collect income taxes, was declared in effect.

• In 1973, the Stephen Sondheim musical "A Little Night Music" opened at Broadway's Shubert Theater.

• In 1983, playwright Tennessee Williams was found dead in his New York hotel suite; he was 71.

• In 1998, The Supreme Court threw out a 16-year-old government rule that allowed company credit unions to accept members from other companies.

• At the Grammy Awards, Bob Dylan won best album and best contemporary folk album for "Time Out of Mind" while Shawn Colvin won song and record of the year for "Sunny Came Home."

• In 2002, Former NBA star Jayson Williams was charged with manslaughter in the shooting death of Costas Christofi, a limousine driver at Williams' estate in Alexandria Township, N.J.

In the world

• In 1570, Pope Pius V excommunicated England's Queen Elizabeth I.

• In 1943, during World War II, U.S. troops reoccupied the Kasserine Pass.

• In 1948, Communists seized power in Czechoslovakia.

• In 1986, President Ferdinand E. Marcos fled the Philippines after 20 years of rule in the wake of a tainted election; Corazon Aquino assumed the presidency.

• In 1991, during the Persian Gulf War, 28 Americans were killed when an Iraqi Scud missile hit a U.S. barracks in Dhahran, Saudi Arabia.

• In 1993, President Clinton ordered the Pentagon to mount an airdrop of relief supplies into Bosnia-Herzegovina. Kim Young-sam was sworn in as South Korea's first civilian president in 32 years.

• In 1998, Kim Dae-jung, once South Korea's leading dissident, was inaugurated as its president.

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