This Day in History

Posted: Friday, February 25, 2005

In Alaska

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

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

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, Gov. Bill Egan was released from a Seattle hospital following life-threatening gall bladder 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 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, Fla.

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

In 2000, a jury in Albany, N.Y., acquitted four white New York City police officers of all charges in the shooting death of unarmed African immigrant Amadou Diallo.

In 2004, the Supreme Court ruled states don't have to underwrite the religious training of students planning careers in the ministry.

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