This Day in History

Posted: Monday, March 03, 2008

In Alaska, in the Nation and the World

In Alaska

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

• In 1901, the Board of Trade Saloon opened in Nome.

• 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 1887, Anne Sullivan arrived at the Tuscumbia, Ala., home of Capt. and Mrs. Arthur H. Keller to become the teacher for their blind and deaf 6-year-old daughter, Helen.

• In 1931, President Hoover signed a measure making "The Star-Spangled Banner" 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 the world

• In 1894, British Prime Minister William Gladstone submitted his resignation to Queen Victoria, ending his fourth and final premiership.

• In 1918, Germany, Austria-Hungary, Bulgaria, the Ottoman Empire and Russia signed the Treaty of Brest-Litovsk, which ended Russian participation in World War I. (The treaty was rendered moot by the November 1918 armistice.)

• In 1945, the Allies fully secured the Philippine capital of Manila from Japanese forces during World War II.

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

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