This Day in History

Posted: Friday, March 31, 2006

In Alaska

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• In 1915, the $10 wolf bounty, passed by the Legislature, was approved by Gov. John F. A. Strong.

• 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 1880, Wabash, Ind., became the first town in the world to be illuminated by electrical lighting.

• In 1933, Congress authorized the Civilian Conservation Corps.

• In 1943, the Rodgers and Hammerstein musical "Oklahoma!" opened on Broadway.

• In 1945, the Tennessee Williams play "The Glass Menagerie" opened on Broadway.

• In 1968, President Johnson stunned the country by announcing he would not seek another term in office.

• In 1976, the New Jersey Supreme Court ruled that coma patient Karen Anne Quinlan could be disconnected from her respirator. (Quinlan, who remained comatose, died in 1985.)

• In 2005, a damning report by a presidential commission concluded the United States knew "disturbingly little" about nuclear and biological threats from dangerous adversaries. The World Bank approved Paul Wolfowitz as its new president. South Carolina defeated Saint Joseph's, 60-57, in the NIT championship game. Terri Schiavo, 41, died at a hospice in Pinellas Park, Fla., 13 days after her feeding tube was removed in a wrenching right-to-die dispute that engulfed the courts, Congress and the White House and divided the country.

In the world

• In 1889, French engineer Alexandre Gustave Eiffel unfurled the French tricolor from atop the Eiffel Tower, officially marking its completion.

• In 1917, the United States took possession of the Virgin Islands from Denmark.

• In 1949, Newfoundland entered confederation as Canada's 10th province.

• In 1986, 167 people died when a Mexicana Airlines Boeing 727 crashed in a remote mountainous region of Mexico.

• In 1996, Russian President Boris Yeltsin announced a halt to combat operations in Chechnya, limited troop withdrawals and a willingness to hold indirect talks with the rebels' leader.

• In 2001, riot police laid siege to Slobodan Milosevic's villa in an attempt to bring the former Yugoslav president to justice. But a defiant Milosevic rejected a warrant, reportedly telling police he wouldn't "go to jail alive." (He was taken into custody the next day.)

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