This Day in History

Posted: Thursday, March 16, 2006

In Alaska

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• In 1901, the town of Treadwell was incorporated. It was later unincorporated 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 1802, Congress authorized the establishment of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, N.Y.

• In 1850, Nathaniel Hawthorne's novel "The Scarlet Letter" was first published.

• In 1915, the Federal Trade Commission was organized.

• In 1996, in his weekly radio address, President Clinton accused the Republican-controlled House of bowing to "the back-alley whispers of the gun lobby" by gutting anti-terrorism legislation he'd submitted in response to the Oklahoma City bombing.

• In 2005, a jury in Los Angeles acquitted actor Robert Blake of murder in the shooting death of his wife, Bonny Lee Bakley, four years earlier. A civil court jury later ordered Blake to pay $30 million to Bakley's four children; Blake has since filed for bankruptcy. A judge in Redwood City, Calif., sent Scott Peterson to death row for the slaying of his pregnant wife, Laci.

In the world

• In 1792, Sweden's King Gustav III was shot and mortally wounded by a former member of his regiment during a masquerade party. He died 13 days later.

• 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.

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