This Day in History

Posted: Monday, March 01, 2004

In Alaska

• In 1917, George Grigsby took office as the first Attorney General of the Territory of Alaska.

• In 1925, Keith Miller, governor from 1969 to 1970, was born.

• In 1932, the U.S. Signal Corps telegraph service began 24-hour continuous service in Juneau.

• In 1942, the U.S. Army activated the Juneau post with 20 officers and 547 enlisted men.

• In 1969, David Bruce of Houston, Texas, and Rita McCay of Windsor, Ontario, were married in a candlelit igloo near Nome, believed to be the only authentic snow house.

• In 1979, a major earthquake measuring between 7.5 and 8.0 on the Richter scale occurred beneath the St. Elias mountains.

In the nation

• In 1781, the Continental Congress adopted the Articles of Confederation.

• In 1790, Congress authorized the first U.S. Census.

• In 1864, Rebecca Lee became the first black woman to receive an American medical degree, from the New England Female Medical College in Boston.

• In 1867, Nebraska became the 37th state.

• In 1872, Congress authorized creation of Yellowstone National Park.

• In 1904, bandleader Glenn Miller was born in Clarinda, Iowa.

• In 1932, 20-month-old Charles A. Lindbergh Jr., the son of Charles and Anne Lindbergh, was kidnapped from the family home near Hopewell, N.J. Remains identified as those of the child were found the following May.

• In 1954, Puerto Rican nationalists opened fire from the gallery of the U.S. House of Representatives, wounding five congressmen.

• In 1961, President Kennedy established the Peace Corps.

• In 1974, seven people, including former Nixon White House aides H.R. Haldeman and John D. Ehrlichman, former Attorney General John Mitchell and former assistant Attorney General Robert Mardian, were indicted on charges of conspiring to obstruct justice in connection with the Watergate break-in. These four defendants were convicted the following January, although Mardian's conviction was later reversed.

• In 1994, falling four votes shy of a two-thirds majority, the Senate rejected a balanced budget amendment to the Constitution.

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