This Day in History

Posted: Thursday, March 04, 2004

In Alaska

• In 1892, the post office in Ketchikan was established with George W. Clark as postmaster.

• In 1895, the S.S. Willapa sailed from Seattle to begin Alaska Steamship Company service to Alaska.

• In 1909, James Wickersham was seated as the third delegate in the U.S. Congress from Alaska.

• In 1939, the Territorial Senate killed a bill appropriating $14,000 to subsidize radio stations in the Territory of Alaska to "disseminate facts and information."

• In 1960, a demonstration run of three "Iron Dogs" - gas powered ski-equipped sleds - began in Bethel on the way to Fairbanks.

In the nation

• In 1789, the Constitution of the United States went into effect as the first Federal Congress met in New York. The lawmakers then adjourned for lack of a quorum.

• In 1791, Vermont became the 14th state.

• In 1837, the Illinois state Legislature granted a city charter to Chicago.

• In 1861, Abraham Lincoln was inaugurated president.

• In 1902, the American Automobile Association was founded in Chicago.

• In 1925, President Calvin Coolidge's inauguration was broadcast live on 21 radio stations nationwide.

• In 1933, Franklin D. Roosevelt was inaugurated president and pledged to lead the country out of the Great Depression. The beginning of President Roosevelt's first administration brought with it the first woman to serve in the Cabinet: Labor Secretary Frances Perkins.

• In 1952, actors Ronald Reagan and Nancy Davis were married in San Fernando Valley, Calif.

• In 1987, President Reagan addressed the nation on the Iran-Contra affair, acknowledging his overtures to Iran had "deteriorated" into an arms-for-hostages deal.

In the world

• In 1193, Saladin, the Muslim warrior who opposed the Crusades, died.

• In 1994, actor-comedian John Candy died in Durango, Mexico, at age 43.

• In 2003, the Army's oldest armored division, "Old Ironsides," got orders to head for the Persian Gulf as the total of U.S. land, sea and air forces arrayed against Iraq or preparing to go neared 300,000. A bomb in a backpack killed 22 at an airport terminal in the southern Philippines.

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