This Day in History

Posted: Tuesday, March 15, 2005

In Alaska

In 1901, the Alaska Electric Light and Power Co. at Juneau was incorporated.

In 1916, the Bering River and Matanuska Valley Coal Reserves were proclaimed by President Woodrow Wilson.

In 1942, the U.S. Army established a post at Cordova with 21 officers and 443 enlisted men.

In 1969, plans to begin construction of the trans-Alaska oil pipeline were given the green light from the U.S. Senate's Interior Committee.

In 1969, the Juneau Empire was purchased by a Georgia-based newspaper chain owned by William Morris III.

In the nation

In 1820, Maine became the 23rd state.

In 1913, President Wilson held the first open presidential news conference.

In 1956, the Lerner and Loewe musical "My Fair Lady" opened on Broadway.

In 1964, actress Elizabeth Taylor married actor Richard Burton in Montreal; it was her fifth marriage, his second.

In 1977, the U.S. House of Representatives began a 90-day test to determine the feasibility of showing its sessions on television.

In 1995, President Clinton issued an executive order formally blocking a $1 billion contract between Conoco and Iran to develop a huge offshore oil tract in the Persian Gulf.

In 2000, their presidential nominations secured, Al Gore and George W. Bush dug in for the eight-month battle to Election Day, with Bush saying he was braced for Gore's "politics of personal destruction and distortions," and Gore arguing that Bush's "risky tax scheme" would hurt the economy.

In 2004, 10 days after being convicted in a stock scandal, Martha Stewart resigned from the board of Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia.

In the world

In 44 B.C., Roman dictator Julius Caesar was assassinated by a group of nobles that included Brutus and Cassius.

In 1493, Christopher Columbus returned to Spain, concluding his first voyage to the Western Hemisphere.

In 1919, the American Legion was founded, in Paris.

In 1944, during World War II, Allied bombers again raided German-held Monte Cassino.

In 2004, former Haitian President Jean-Bertrand Aristide returned to the Caribbean from African exile after winning temporary asylum in Jamaica. A drive-by shooting in Mosul, Iraq, killed four American missionaries.



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