This Day in History

Posted: Sunday, March 13, 2005

In Alaska

• In 1913, Sen. Henry Roden of Iditarod introduced a bill requiring a maximum 8-hour day on all work for the Territory of Alaska.

• In 1959, U.S. Interior Secretary Fred Seaton closed Bristol Bay to commercial fishing to provide for adequate escapement.

• In 1959, the Detroit '59'ers , traveling from Michigan to homestead on the Kenai Peninsula, dwindled from 13 vehicles and 50-plus families to 12 vehicles and 35 people.

In the nation

• In 1868, the impeachment trial of President Andrew Johnson began in the U.S. Senate.

• In 1884, Standard Time was adopted throughout the United States.

• In 1925, a law went into effect in Tennessee prohibiting the teaching of evolution.

• In 1933, banks began to reopen after a "holiday" declared by President Roosevelt.

• In 1964, 38 residents of a Queens, N.Y., neighborhood failed to respond to the cries of Catherine "Kitty" Genovese, 28, as she was being stabbed to death.

• In 1969, the Apollo 9 astronauts splashed down, ending a mission that included the successful testing of the Lunar Module.

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