This Day in History

Posted: Wednesday, February 25, 2004

In Alaska

• In 1909, the first stamp mill in the Interior began operation near Fairbanks.

• 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 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 1836, inventor Samuel Colt patented his revolver.

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

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

• In 1964, Cassius Clay (later Muhammad Ali) became world heavyweight boxing champion by defeating Sonny Liston in Miami Beach.

• In 1999, a jury in Jasper, Texas, sentenced white supremacist John William King to death for chaining James Byrd Jr., a black man, to a pickup truck and dragging him to pieces.

In the world

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

• 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.

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