This Day in History

Posted: Tuesday, March 07, 2006

In Alaska

• In 1887, Arthur Delaney was appointed Alaska collector of customs. He was Juneau's first mayor and also a U.S. district judge.

• In 1914, the 40-stamp Alaska Juneau Gold Mining Co. pilot mill started crushing ore on the Juneau waterfront.

• In 1919, a $50,000 fire destroyed much of the business district of the mining town of McCarthy.

• In 1950, ground was broken for the Mendenhall Apartments in Juneau.

• In 1988, Vern Tejas completed the first solo ascent of Mount McKinley.

In the nation

• In 1850, in a three-hour speech to the U.S. Senate, Daniel Webster endorsed the Compromise of 1850 as a means of preserving the Union.

• In 1876, Alexander Graham Bell received a patent for his telephone.

• In 1911, the United States sent 20,000 troops to the Mexican border as a precaution in the wake of the Mexican Revolution.

• In 1965, a march by civil rights demonstrators was broken up in Selma, Ala., by state troopers and a sheriff's posse.

• In 1975, the Senate revised its filibuster rule, allowing 60 senators to limit debate in most cases, instead of the previously required two-thirds of senators present.

• In 1996, Bob Dole won the New York Republican primary.

In the world

• In 1926, the first successful transatlantic radio-telephone conversation took place, between New York and London.

• In 1936, Adolf Hitler ordered his troops to march into the Rhineland, thereby breaking the Treaty of Versailles and the Locarno Pact.

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