This Day in History

Posted: Tuesday, March 16, 2004

In Alaska

• In 1901, the town of Treadwell was incorporated. It was later disincorporated in 1912.

• In 1927, Justin W. Harding took office as the United States Attorney for the First District of Alaska.

• In 1959, the Anchorage City Bus strike ended. The U.S. Interior Department amended its recent closure of Bristol Bay to allow for limited commercial fishing.

In the nation

• In 1751, James Madison, fourth president of the United States, was born in Port Conway, Va.

• In 1802, Congress authorized the establishment of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, N.Y.

• In 1915, the Federal Trade Commission was organized.

• In 1994, figure skater Tonya Harding pleaded guilty in Portland, Ore., to conspiracy to hinder prosecution for covering up the attack on rival Nancy Kerrigan. She avoided jail but drew a $100,000 fine.

• In 1999, the Dow Jones industrial average briefly topped the 10,000 level, reaching a high of 10,001.78 before retreating. The Nebraska Cornhuskers beat Chicago State 50-3 in an NCAA baseball game.

In the world

• In 1935, Adolf Hitler scrapped the Treaty of Versailles.

• In 1945, during World War II, Iwo Jima was declared secured by the Allies.

• In 1968, during the Vietnam War, the My Lai massacre was carried out by U.S. troops under the command of Lt. William L. Calley Jr.

• In 1978, Italian politician Aldo Moro was kidnapped by left-wing urban guerrillas, who later murdered him.

• In 1984, William Buckley, the CIA station chief in Beirut, was kidnapped by gunmen. He died in captivity.

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