This Day in History

Posted: Friday, March 28, 2003

In Alaska

• In 1924, the Revilla Hotel in Ketchikan burned at a $240,000 loss. It was replaced by the Ingersoll Hotel.

• In 1928, Juneau was designated as the Alaska headquarters of the U.S. Bureau of Mines, moving from Anchorage.

• In 1933, Alaska Gov. Frank Murkowski was born in Seattle, Wash.

• In 1959, 3,000 Anchorage residents welcomed the Detroit '59'ers on Easter Sunday, on their way from Detroit to homestead land on the Kenai Peninsula.

In the nation

• In 1834, the U.S. Senate voted to censure President Jackson for the removal of federal deposits from the Bank of the United States.

• In 1898, the Supreme Court ruled that a child born in the United States to Chinese immigrants was a U.S. citizen.

• In 1953, athlete Jim Thorpe died in Lomita, Calif.

• In 1969, the 34th president of the United States, Dwight D. Eisenhower, died in Washington at age 78.

• In 1979, America's worst commercial nuclear accident occurred inside the Unit Two reactor at the Three Mile Island plant near Middletown, Penn.

In the world

• In 1854, during the Crimean War, Britain and France declared war on Russia.

• In 1939, the Spanish Civil War ended as Madrid fell to the forces of Francisco Franco.

• In 1930, the names of the Turkish cities of Constantinople and Angora were changed to Istanbul and Ankara.

• In 1941, novelist and critic Virginia Woolf died in Lewes, England.

• In 1942, during World War II, British naval forces raided the Nazi-occupied French port of St. Nazaire.

• In 1993, Russian President Boris Yeltsin and his chief political rival, parliament speaker Ruslan Khasbulatov, claimed victory after surviving attempts by the Russian Congress to oust them. About 10,000 people marched in Dublin, Ireland, to protest an IRA bombing that claimed the lives of two young boys. Chinese Premier Li Peng won a second term.

• In 1998, President Clinton, during his visit to South Africa, went to Soweto, a landmark in the bloody uprising against apartheid, to honor South Africans "who answered the call of conscience" and defeated their country's system of white supremacy.

• In 2002, the Arab League, meeting in Beirut, Lebanon, agreed on a peace plan that offered Israel normal relations in exchange for a full withdrawal from war-won lands and a Palestinian state. Archbishop Juliusz Paetz of Poznan, Poland, announced his resignation, but also protested his innocence, following accusations he'd made sexual advances toward young clerics. U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Timothy Woodland was convicted in a Japanese court and sentenced to nearly three years in prison for raping a woman on the southern island of Okinawa.



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