This Day in History

Posted: Friday, March 30, 2007

In Alaska

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• In 1918, the first Daylight Savings law went into effect, and clocks were set ahead one hour.

• In 1959, the City of Spenard voted against annexation into the City of Anchorage.

In the nation

• In 1822, Florida became a U.S. territory.

• In 1842, Dr. Crawford W. Long of Jefferson, Ga., first used ether as an anesthetic during a minor operation.

• In 1867, U.S. Secretary of State William H. Seward reached agreement with Russia to purchase the territory of Alaska for $7.2 million, a deal widely ridiculed as "Seward's Folly."

• In 1870, the 15th amendment to the Constitution, giving all citizens the right to vote regardless of race, was declared in effect by Secretary of State Hamilton Fish. Texas was readmitted to the Union.

• In 1964, John Glenn withdrew from the Ohio race for U.S. Senate because of injuries suffered in a fall.

• In 1970, the musical "Applause," based on the movie "All About Eve," opened on Broadway.

• In 1981, President Reagan was shot and seriously injured outside a Washington hotel by John W. Hinckley Jr.

• In 1997, The reigning champion Lady Vols of Tennessee won their fifth NCAA women's basketball title by defeating Old Dominion, 68-59.

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