This Day in History

Posted: Wednesday, March 03, 2004

In Alaska

• In 1891, the Trade & Manufacturing Act was extended to Alaska.

• In 1901, the Board of Trade Saloon opened in Nome, adorned by "handsome fixtures, as rich looking as though they had been the work of artists," handsome gilt mirrors and a hand-carved bar.

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

• In 1959, Elenor Lee of Nome won the evening gown division of America's Junior Miss Pageant.

• 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. 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.

• In 1879, Belva Ann Bennett Lockwood became the first woman to be admitted to practice before the U.S. Supreme Court.

• 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 1987, comedian Danny Kaye died in Los Angeles at 74.

• 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.

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