This Day in History

Posted: Wednesday, March 02, 2005

In Alaska

In 1903, an act of Congress provided for a submarine telegraph cable from Seattle to Sitka and Juneau.

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.

In 1942, construction began on the Alaska-Canadian Highway.

In 1959, the deepest hole ever drilled in Alaska was plugged and abandoned as a dry hole.

In 1959, Alaska officially received the "official versions" of the pound, ounce, yard, foot and gallon.

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

In the nation

In 1836, Texas declared its independence from Mexico.

In 1877, Republican Rutherford B. Hayes was declared the winner of the 1876 presidential election.

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