In Alaska, in the Nation and the World
In 1959, the installation of Nike Hercules missiles activated the 4th Missile Battalion in Anchorage.
In 1963, the Revenue Cutter Bear, famous for its former Alaska service, sank in the Atlantic Ocean.
In 1975, the State House passed an anti-smoking bill.
In the nation
In 1917, the Supreme Court, in Wilson v. New, upheld the eight-hour work day for railroad workers.
In 1918, Congress approved Daylight Saving Time.
In 1931, Nevada Gov. Fred B. Balzar signed a measure legalizing casino gambling.
In 1953, the Academy Awards ceremony was televised for the first time; "The Greatest Show on Earth" was named best picture of 1952.
In 1958, the film "South Pacific," adapted from the Rodgers and Hammerstein stage musical, was released.
In 1979, the U.S. House of Representatives began televising its day-to-day business.
In 1987, televangelist Jim Bakker resigned as chairman of his PTL ministry organization amid a sex and money scandal involving Jessica Hahn, a former church secretary.
In 1998, completing baseball's transformation from family ownership to corporate control, Rupert Murdoch's News Corporation won approval to buy the Los Angeles Dodgers for a record $350 million. (News Corporation later sold the Dodgers to Boston real estate developer Frank McCourt.)
In 2003, President Bush ordered the start of war against Iraq. (Because of the time difference, it was early March 20 in Iraq.)
In 2003, tobacco farmer Dwight Ware Watson, who claimed to be carrying bombs in a tractor and trailer that he'd driven into a pond on Washington's National Mall, surrendered after disrupting traffic for two days; there were no explosives.
In 2007, President Bush marked the fourth anniversary of the start of the Iraq war with a plea for patience to let his revised battle plan work; Congress' new Democratic leaders retorted that no patience remained.
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