This Day in History

Posted: Tuesday, March 13, 2007

In Alaska

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

• In 1959, U.S. Interior Secretary Fred Seaton closed Bristol Bay to commercial fishing to provide for adequate escapement. The Detroit '59ers, travelling 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 1884, Congress adopted Eastern Standard Time for the District of Columbia.

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

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

• In 1947, the Lerner and Loewe musical "Brigadoon" opened on Broadway.

• In 1964, bar manager Catherine "Kitty" Genovese, 28, was stabbed to death near her New York City home; the case generated controversy over charges that Genovese's neighbors had failed to respond to her cries for help.

• In 1980, Ford Motor Co. Chairman Henry Ford II announced he was stepping down.

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