This Day in History

Posted: Sunday, March 04, 2007

In Alaska

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• 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 Alaska to "disseminate facts and information."

• In 1960, a demonstration run of three "Iron Dogs" - gas powered, ski-equipped sleds - began in Bethel enroute 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, a city charter for Chicago went into effect.

• 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 coast to coast.

• In 1933, Franklin D. Roosevelt was inaugurated president, pledging to lead the country out of the Great Depression.

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

• In 1981, a jury in Salt Lake City convicted Joseph Paul Franklin, an avowed racist, of violating the civil rights of two black men who'd been shot to death.

• 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 1997, President Clinton visited the scene of tornado destruction in his home state of Arkansas, where he also declared Ohio and Kentucky disaster areas because of floods.

• In 2006, the Army announced it would start a criminal investigation into the 2004 friendly fire death of former professional football player Patrick Tillman in Afghanistan.

In the world

• In 1681, England's King Charles II granted a charter to William Penn for an area of land that later became Pennsylvania.

• In 2002, seven American soldiers were killed and 11 wounded in Afghanistan at the outset of Operation Anaconda against remnant Taliban and al-Qaida forces. European Union's 15 members ratified the Kyoto Protocol on global warming, but failed to set pollutant-emission levels to meet the accord's targets.

• In 2006, President Bush, visiting Islamabad, praised Pakistan's fight against terrorism as unfaltering, but turned down an appeal for the same civilian nuclear help the United States intended to give India.

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