This Day in History

Posted: Wednesday, March 17, 2004

In Alaska

• In 1894, the old Russian governor's house, known as Baranof Castle, burned at Sitka.

• In 1912, the U.S. Marines, established at Sitka in 1879, were withdrawn.

• In 1959, the dredging of Gastineau Channel, north of downtown Juneau, was scheduled.

In the nation

• In 1776, British forces evacuated Boston during the Revolutionary War.

• In 1905, Eleanor Roosevelt married Franklin D. Roosevelt in New York.

• In 1910, the Campfire Girls organization was formed. It was formally presented to the public on this day two years later.

• In 1941, the National Gallery of Art opened in Washington, D.C.

• In 1950, scientists at the University of California at Berkeley announced they had created a new radioactive element, californium.

• In 1958, the U.S. Navy launched the Vanguard I satellite.

• In 1994, Secretary of State Warren Christopher, just back from China, told a House subcommittee that reports describing the trip as a failure were "rather misleading," and said Beijing had made "solid improvements" in the areas of prison labor and immigration.

• In 1999, a panel of medical experts concluded that marijuana has medical benefits for people suffering from cancer and AIDS. Instant replay was voted back in the NFL for the 1999 season.

• In 2003, edging to the brink of war, President Bush gave Saddam Hussein 48 hours to leave his country and told Americans that military confrontation will ultimately make them safer.

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