This Day in History

Posted: Sunday, March 28, 2004

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 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 1943, composer Sergei Rachmaninoff died in Beverly Hills, Calif.

• 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, Pa.

In the world

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

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

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

• 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 1994, More than 50 people were killed in violence that erupted in Johannesburg, South Africa, during a march by Zulu nationalists. Absurdist playwright Eugene Ionesco died in Paris at age 81.

• In 1999, NATO broadened its attacks on Yugoslavia to target Serb military forces in Kosovo in the fifth straight night of airstrikes; thousands of refugees flooded into Albania and Macedonia from Kosovo. The Baltimore Orioles beat a Cuban all-star team 3-2 in Havana.

• In 2003, American-led forces in Iraq dropped 1,000-pound bombs on Republican Guard units guarding the gates to Baghdad and battled for control of the strategic city of Nasiriya

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