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This Day in History

Posted: Wednesday, March 10, 2004

In Alaska

• In 1938, the town of Port Alexander at the south end of Baranof Island was incorporated. The Baranof Hotel formally opened in Juneau with a gala celebration.

• In 1939, home and office long-distance service was inaugurated in Juneau. It was no longer necessary to place calls from the Federal Building.

• In 1959, the Alaska State House approved a salary of $25,000 for the Governor of Alaska. The Detroit 59'ers, traveling from Michigan to homestead on the Kenai Peninsula, arrived in North Dakota.

In the nation

• In 1848, the Senate ratified the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo, ending the war with Mexico.

• In 1864, Ulysses S. Grant became commander of the Union armies in the Civil War.



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