This Day in History

Posted: Friday, March 18, 2005

In Alaska

•In 1918, the Wilson and Sylvester Sawmill at Wrangell, the largest in Alaska, was destroyed by fire.

•In 1945, a fire destroyed the Shepard Point Packing Co. cannery near Cordova.

•In 1959, 56 lobbyists were registered in Juneau for the 1st State Legislative session. A session of 70 days was predicted.

•In 1960, John Rader announced his resignation as the first attorney general of the state of Alaska.

In the nation

•In 1931, Schick marketed the first electric razor.

•In 1937, more than 400 people, mostly children, were killed in a gas explosion at a school in New London, Texas.

•In 1959, President Eisenhower signed the Hawaii statehood bill.

•In 1995, the United States Catholic Conference's administrative board criticized a Republican welfare reform plan, saying it would hurt poor children and could push women to have abortions.

•In 2004, addressing thousands of soldiers at Fort Campbell, Ky., President Bush warned that terrorists could never be appeased and said there was no safety for any nation that "lives at the mercy of gangsters and mass murderers." Overruling its staff, the Federal Communications Commission declared that an expletive (the "F-word") uttered by rock star Bono on NBC the previous year was indecent and profane.

In the world

•In 1766, Britain repealed the Stamp Act.

•In 1922, Mohandas K. Gandhi was sentenced in India to six years' imprisonment for civil disobedience. He was released after serving two years.

•In 1940, Adolf Hitler and Benito Mussolini met at the Brenner Pass, where the Italian dictator agreed to join Germany's war against France and Britain.

•In 1962, France and Algerian rebels agreed to a truce.

•In 1965, the first spacewalk took place as Soviet cosmonaut Aleksei Leonov left his Voskhod 2 capsule, secured by a tether.

•In 1974, most of the Arab oil-producing nations ended their embargo against the United States.

•In 1979, Iranian authorities detained American feminist Kate Millett, a day before deporting her and a companion for what were termed "provocations."

•In 1995, Spain's Princess Elena married a banker, Jaime de Marichalar y Saenz de Tejada, in Seville; it was Spain's first royal wedding in 89 years.

•In 2000, Taiwan ended more than a half century of Nationalist Party rule, electing an opposition leader, Chen Shui-bian, whose party favored Taiwan's formal independence from the rest of China.

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