This Day in History

Posted: Sunday, March 02, 2008

In Alaska, in the Nation and the World

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. Construction began on the Alaska-Canadian Highway.

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

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