This Day in History

Posted: Friday, March 11, 2005

In Alaska

• In 1726, Russian navigator Vasilii Chichagov, for whom Chichagof Island in Southeast Alaska was named, was born.

• In 1942, the SS Mt. McKinley was wrecked in the Aleutian Islands.

• In 1948, the Nome Hospital burned.

• In 1969, the State Highway Department completed construction of the winter road to North Slope Oil fields.

In the nation

• In 1861, the Confederate convention in Montgomery, Ala., adopted a constitution.

• In 1888, the famous "Blizzard of '88" struck the Northeastern United States, resulting in some 400 deaths.

• In 1930, former President and Chief Justice Taft was buried in Arlington National Cemetery.

• In 1941, President Franklin Roosevelt signed into law the Lend-Lease Bill, providing war supplies to countries fighting the Axis.

• In 1959, the Lorraine Hansberry drama "A Raisin in the Sun" opened at New York's Ethel Barrymore Theater.

• In 1965, the Rev. James J. Reeb, a white minister from Boston, died after being beaten by whites during civil rights disturbances in Selma, Ala.

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