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In 1910, President William Taft proclaimed the Sitka National Monument.
In 1933, Gov. George Parks signed into law a bill repealing the Alaska Bone Dry Law.
In 1959, a bill outlawing B-girls passed the Alaska House and Senate. A Fish and Game agent reported finding a moose in a tree.
In the nation
In 1775, Patrick Henry made his famous call for American independence from Britain, telling the Virginia Provincial Convention, "Give me liberty, or give me death!"
In 1806, 200 years ago, explorers Lewis and Clark, having reached the Pacific Coast, began their journey back east.
In 1942, during World War II, the U.S. government began evacuating Japanese-Americans from their West Coast homes to detention centers.
In 1965, America's first two-person space flight began as Gemini 3 blasted off from Cape Kennedy with astronauts Virgil I. Grissom and John W. Young aboard.
In 1983, President Reagan first proposed developing technology to intercept enemy missiles - a proposal that came to be known as the Strategic Defense Initiative, as well as "Star Wars."
In 2005, a federal appeals court refused to reinsert Terri Schiavo's feeding tube and the Florida Legislature decided not to intervene in the epic struggle over the brain-damaged woman; Schiavo's parents then filed a request with the Supreme Court. An explosion at a BP oil refinery in Texas City, Texas, killed 15 people. Truck driver Tyrone Williams was convicted in a federal court in Houston for his role in the 2003 deaths of 19 illegal immigrants he was smuggling across Texas.
In the world
In 1792, Joseph Haydn's Symphony No. 94 in G Major (the "Surprise" symphony) was performed publicly for the first time, in London.
In 1919, Benito Mussolini founded his Fascist political movement in Milan, Italy.
In 1933, the German Reichstag adopted the Enabling Act, which effectively granted Adolf Hitler dictatorial legislative powers.
In 1956, 50 years ago, Pakistan became an independent republic within the British Commonwealth.
In 2003, a U.S. Army maintenance convoy was ambushed in Iraq; 11 soldiers were killed, seven were captured, including Pvt. 1st Class Jessica Lynch, who was rescued on April 1.
In 1996, Taiwan held its first direct presidential elections; incumbent Lee Teng-hui was the victor.
In 2001, Russia's orbiting Mir space station ended its 15-year odyssey with a fiery plunge into the South Pacific. Russia said it was expelling 50 U.S. diplomats in retaliation for the expulsion of 50 Russians by the U.S.