This Day in History

Posted: Wednesday, March 05, 2003

In Alaska

• In 1887, Miners went on strike in Treadwell, on Douglas Island near Juneau, seeking wage increases to $3 a day and board.

• In 1898, The steamer Whitelaw burned at Skagway, the loss estimated at $50,000.

• In 1909, The office and plant of the Alaska Daily Record burned in Juneau.

• In 1920, The newspaper Alaska Daily Capital was established in Juneau.

• In 1959, Mt. Hubley in Northeast Alaska, was named after Dr. Richard Hubley, a University of Washington meteorologist.

• In 1959, 15 Vehicles and 50-plus families leave Detroit, Michigan towards Alaska to homestead on the Kenai Peninsula, travelling as the "Detroit '59'ers."

• In 1963, Marie Drake, author of the words to Alaska's Flag - the state song - died.

• In 1969, Rep. Stan Cornelius (R-Anch) submitted a resolution which requested the governor to proclaim October "Country Music Month" in Alaska.

In the nation

• In 1770, the Boston Massacre took place as British soldiers who'd been taunted by a crowd of colonists opened fire, killing five people.

• In 1849, Zachary Taylor took the oath of office at his presidential inauguration.

• In 1868, the Senate was organized into a Court of Impeachment to decide charges against President Andrew Johnson.

• In 1946, Winston Churchill delivered his famous "Iron Curtain" speech at Westminster College in Fulton, Mo.

• In 1963, country music performers Patsy Cline, "Cowboy" Copas and "Hawkshaw" Hawkins died in a plane crash near Camden, Tenn.

• In 1982, comedian John Belushi was found dead of a drug overdose in a rented bungalow in Hollywood; he was 33.

• In 1993, The White House sought new ways to inflict what a spokesman called "real pain and real price" on Serb aggressors in Bosnia by tightening the U.N. blockade on supplies and money to the region.

• In 1998, Details of President Clinton's deposition testimony in the Paula Jones sexual harassment case against him were published in The Washington Post, prompting an angry denunciation from the president for the news leak. NASA scientists said enough water was frozen in the loose soil of the moon to support a lunar base and perhaps, one day, a human colony.

• In 2002, President Bush slapped punishing tariffs of eight percent to 30 percent on several types of imported steel in an effort to aid the ailing U.S. industry. California Congressman Gary Condit, dogged by the Chandra Levy scandal, lost a Democratic primary election to Dennis Cardoza.

In the world

• In 1953, Soviet dictator Josef Stalin died at age 73 after 29 years in power.

• In 1933, in German parliamentary elections, the Nazi Party won 44 percent of the vote, enabling it to join with the Nationalists to gain a slender majority in the Reichstag.

• In 1953, Russian composer Sergei Prokofiev died in Moscow at age 61.

• In 1970, a nuclear non-proliferation treaty went into effect after 43 nations ratified it.

• In 1986, in Lebanon, Islamic Jihad issued a statement saying it had "executed" French hostage Michel Seurat, who had been abducted almost a year earlier.

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