This Day in History

Posted: Wednesday, March 05, 2008

In Alaska, in the Nation and the World

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, Mount Hubley in Northeast Alaska was named after Richard Hubley, a University of Washington meteorologist. Fifteen vehicles and 50-plus families left Detroit toward Alaska to homestead on the Kenai Peninsula, traveling as the "Detroit '59'ers."

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

• In 1969, Rep. Stan Cornelius submitted a resolution that 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, who was later acquitted.

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

• In 1977, President Carter took questions from 42 telephone callers in 26 states on a network radio call-in program moderated by Walter Cronkite.

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