In 1902, Robert Reeve - pioneer Alaska aviator - was born.
In 1964, the Good Friday Earthquake rocked Anchorage at 5:36 p.m. Property damage was estimated at one hundred million dollars a minute during the approximately 5 minutes the quake lasted. It registered upwards of 9.2 on the Richter scale, and killed 131 persons.
In 1969, members of the Alaska House of Representatives proposed that the slogan on Alaska license plates be changed from "The Great Land" to "Alaska - USA."
In 1975, the first piece of pipe for the trans-Alaska pipeline was placed at the Tonsina River.
In the nation
In 1794, President Washington and Congress authorized creation of the U.S. Navy.
In 1836, the first Mormon temple was dedicated, in Kirtland, Ohio.
In 1917, the Seattle Metropolitans became the first U.S. team to win the Stanley Cup as they defeated the Montreal Canadiens.
In 1980, 137 workers died when a North Sea floating oil field platform, the "Alexander I. Keilland," capsized during a storm.
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