This Day in History

Posted: Tuesday, March 02, 2004

In Alaska

• In 1906, Wilford B. Hoggatt took office as governor of the territory of Alaska, appointed by President Teddy Roosevelt.

• In 1942, contract air mail service was inaugurated between Juneau and Sitka. Construction began on the Alaska-Canadian Highway.

• In 1975, two people in New Stoyahok died of botulism after eating fermented beaver tail.

In the nation

• In 1793, the first president of the Republic of Texas, Sam Houston, was born near Lexington, Va.

• In 1877, Republican Rutherford B. Hayes was declared the winner of the 1876 presidential election over Democrat Samuel J. Tilden.

• In 1899, Mount Rainier National Park in Washington state was established.

• In 1904, children's author Theodor Seuss Geisel - popularly known as "Dr. Seuss" - was born in Springfield, Mass.

• In 1917, Puerto Ricans were granted U.S. citizenship.

• In 1923, Time magazine made its debut.

• In 1933, the movie "King Kong," starring Fay Wray, had its world premiere in New York.

In the world

• In 1939, Roman Catholic Cardinal Eugenio Pacelli was elected pope. He took the name Pius XII.

• In 1943, the World War II Battle of the Bismarck Sea began.

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