This Day in History

Posted: Thursday, April 01, 2004

In Alaska

• In 1914, a meeting of the Juneau Draper Club decided to establish a public library.

• In 1939, the Alaska Mining Exchange offered a free employment service to lode and placer miners in Alaska.

• In 1945, an earthquake split the ocean floor a few miles offshore of the Scotch Cap Lighthouse, on the eastern side of Unimak Pass, sending a tidal wave that destroyed the 60-foot structure. The wave traveled throughout the north Pacific, to Hawaii, and Japan and along the California coast. More than 170 people died in Hawaii.

In the nation

• In 1853, Cincinnati became the first U.S. city to pay its firefighters a regular salary.

• In 1960, the first weather satellite, TIROS-One, was launched from Cape Canaveral.

• In 1963, most of New York City's daily newspapers resumed publishing after a settlement was reached in a 114-day strike.

• In 1970, President Nixon signed a measure banning cigarette advertising on radio and television, to take effect after Jan. 1, 1971.

• In 1984, recording star Marvin Gaye was shot to death by his father, Marvin Gay Sr., in Los Angeles. The elder Gay pleaded guilty to voluntary manslaughter, and received probation.

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