This Day in History

Posted: Wednesday, March 28, 2007

In Alaska

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• In 1924, the Revilla Hotel in Ketchikan burned at a $240,000 loss.

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

• In 1933, former U.S. Sen. and Gov. Frank Murkowski was born in Seattle.

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, in United States v. Wong Kim Ark, ruled that a child born in the United States to Chinese immigrants was a U.S. citizen.

• In 1979, America's worst commercial nuclear accident occurred inside the Unit 2 reactor at the Three Mile Island plant near Middletown, Pa.

• In 1997, a medical examiner revealed that some members of the Heaven's Gate cult who'd committed suicide in a California mansion had also been castrated in apparent pursuit of the group's ideal of androgynous immortality.

• In 2002, 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.

• In 2006. struggling to revive his troubled presidency, President Bush replaced longtime chief of staff Andy Card with budget director Joshua Bolten.

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 effectively ended as Madrid fell to the forces of Francisco Franco.

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

• 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.

• In 2006, More than 1 million people poured into streets across France and strikers disrupted air, rail and bus travel in the largest nationwide protest over a youth labor law. The Kadima Party won Israel's parliamentary elections.

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