This Day in History

Posted: Thursday, February 27, 2003

In Alaska

• In 1892, Auke Tlingit Chief Kowee died at the age of 75. He was credited with guiding Joe Juneau and Richard Harris to the original gold discovery near what is now Juneau.

• In 1909, the Bering Sea National Wildlife Refuge was established.

In the nation

• In 1922, the Supreme Court unanimously upheld the 19th Amendment to the Constitution that guaranteed the right of women to vote.

• In 1973, members of the American Indian Movement occupied the hamlet of Wounded Knee in South Dakota, the site of the 1890 massacre of Sioux men, women and children. (The occupation lasted until May.)

• In 1997, divorce became legal in Ireland.

In the world

• In 1998, with the approval of Queen Elizabeth II, Britain's House of Lords agreed to end 1,000 years of male preference by giving a monarch's first-born daughter the same claim to the throne as any first-born son.



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