This Day in History

Posted: Friday, March 05, 2004

In Alaska

• In 1887, miners went on strike in Treadwell, seeking wage increases to $3 a day and board.

• In 1898, the steamer Whitelaw burned at Skagway. The loss was 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. Fifteen vehicles and 50-plus families left Detroit, Michigan for Alaska to homestead on the Kenai Peninsula, traveling as the "Detroit '59ers."

• 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 1994, White House Counsel Bernard Nussbaum resigned in the wake of turmoil over the Clinton administration's handling of questions related to Whitewater.

• In 1999, Italian Prime Minister Massimo D'Alema met at the White House with President Clinton, a day after a military jury in North Carolina acquitted a Marine pilot in the Italian cable car accident that killed 20 people. D'Alema demanded justice, while Clinton expressed profound regret. Actor Richard Kiley died in Warwick, N.Y., at age 76.

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