This Day in History

Posted: Monday, February 25, 2008

In Alaska

• In 1909, the first stamp mill in Interior Alaska opened near Fairbanks.

• In 1948, a pilotless plane took off from Nome, 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 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 more than 500 construction, repair and maintenance projects around the state.

In the nation

• In 1779, American forces led by George Rogers Clark routed the British from Fort Sackville in the Revolutionary War Battle of Vincennes in present-day Indiana.

• In 1836, inventor Samuel Colt patented his revolver.

• In 1901, U.S. 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 by Secretary of State Philander Chase Knox.

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