This Day in History

Posted: Wednesday, March 22, 2006

In Alaska

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• In 1927, the Sunny Point Cannery at Ketchikan was destroyed by fire.

• In 1952, a fire that started late the previous evening destroyed much of downtown Wrangell.

• In 1979, avalanches closed the road to Seward.

In the nation

• In 1638, religious dissident Anne Hutchinson was expelled from the Massachusetts Bay Colony.

• In 1820, U.S. naval hero Stephen Decatur was killed in a duel with Commodore James Barron near Washington.

• In 1882, Congress outlawed polygamy.

• In 1933, during Prohibition, President Roosevelt signed a measure to make wine and beer containing up to 3.2 percent alcohol legal.

• In 1941, the Grand Coulee Dam in Washington state went into operation.

• In 1972, Congress sent the proposed Equal Rights Amendment to the Constitution to the states for ratification. (It fell three states short of the 38 needed for approval.)

• In 1996, the shuttle Atlantis, carrying astronaut Shannon Lucid to a rendezvous with the Russian space station Mir, blasted off from Cape Canaveral, Fla.

• In 2001, an 18-year-old student opened fire at Granite Hills High School in El Cajon, Calif., wounding three classmates and two teachers before he was shot by a police officer. (Jason Hoffman later hanged himself while in jail.)

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