This Day in History

Posted: Friday, March 23, 2007

In Alaska

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• In 1910, President William Taft proclaimed the creation of the Sitka National Monument.

• In 1933, Gov. George Parks signed into law a bill repealing the Alaska Bone Dry Law.

• In 1955, Dan A. Sutherland, former Alaska legislator and delegate in Congress, died in Pennsylvania.

• In 1959, Department of Fish & Game agent reported finding a moose in a tree.

In the nation

• In 1806, explorers Lewis and Clark, having reached the Pacific coast, began their journey back east.

• In 1965, America's first two-person space flight began as Gemini 3 blasted off from Cape Kennedy, Fla., 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 1997, the American Cancer Society recommended that women begin annual mammograms at age 40.

• In 2006, police took DNA samples from 46 members of the Duke University lacrosse team after a woman hired to dance for a party charged she'd been raped. (Three players were indicted on charges of attacking the woman, but the rape counts were later dropped.)

In the world

• 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 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.

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