This Day in History

Posted: Monday, March 03, 2003

In Alaska

• In 1913, the first Alaska Territorial Legislature convened in the Elks Hall in Juneau. The first House bill approved suffrage to women.

• In 1973, the first Iditarod Sled Dog Race was held, from Anchorage to Nome.

In the nation

• In 1845, Florida became the 27th state.

• In 1849, the U.S. Department of the Interior was established.

• In 1849, Congress created the Minnesota Territory.

• In 1877, Rutherford B. Hayes took the oath of office as the 19th president of the United States in a private ceremony (a public swearing-in took place two days later).

• In 1931, "The Star-Spangled Banner," officially became the national anthem of the United States.

• In 1969, Apollo 9 blasted off from Cape Kennedy on a mission to test the lunar module.

• In 1991, in a case that sparked a national outcry, motorist Rodney King was severely beaten by Los Angeles police officers in a scene captured on amateur video.

• In 1993, health pioneer Albert Sabin, developer of the oral polio vaccine, died in Washington at age 86.

In the world

• In 1974, nearly 350 people died when a Turkish Airlines DC-10 crashed shortly after takeoff from Orly Airport in Paris.

• In 2002, voters in Switzerland approved joining the United Nations, abandoning almost 200 years of formal neutrality.

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