This Day in History

Posted: Wednesday, April 02, 2003

In Alaska

• In 1895, Frank Peratrovich - Tlingit leader & first president of the Alaska Senate - was born in Klawock.

• In 1906, Wilford B. Hoggatt took office as the Sixth Governor of the Territory of Alaska, appointed by President President Teddy Roosevelt.

• In 1935, Pacific Alaska Airway began their Juneau-Fairbanks service.

• In 1959, Alaska Airlines applied for routes to Hawaii.

In the nation

• In 1513, Spanish explorer Juan Ponce de Leon landed in Florida.

• In 1792, Congress passed the Coinage Act, which authorized establishment of the U.S. Mint.

• In 1865, Confederate President Jefferson Davis and most of his Cabinet fled the Confederate capital of Richmond, Va.

• In 1872, Samuel F.B. Morse, developer of the electric telegraph, died in New York.

• In 1917, President Wilson asked Congress to declare war against Germany, saying, "The world must be made safe for democracy."

• In 1932, aviator Charles A. Lindbergh and Dr. John F. Condon turned over $50,000 in ransom to an unidentified man in a New York City cemetery in exchange for Lindbergh's kidnapped son. (The child, however, was not returned, and was found dead the following month.)

• In 1992, mob boss John Gotti was convicted in New York of murder and racketeering; he was later sentenced to life in prison.

• In 1993, President Clinton presided at a daylong conference in Portland, Ore., on how much logging should be allowed on federal land.

• In 2002, Israel seized control of Bethlehem; Palestinian gunmen forced their way into the Church of the Nativity, the traditional birthplace of Jesus, where they began a 39-day standoff.

In the world

• In 1805, storyteller Hans Christian Andersen was born in Odense, Denmark.

• In 1860, the first Italian Parliament met at Turin.

• In 1982, several thousand troops from Argentina seized the disputed Falkland Islands, located in the south Atlantic, from Britain. (Britain seized the islands back the following June.)

• In 1993, The Bosnian Serb parliament rejected a peace plan drafted by U.N. and European mediators and already approved by Bosnian Muslims and Croats.

• In 1998, Shaking their fists in rage, thousands of mourners marched in a funeral procession in the West Bank for a top Hamas bombmaker (Mohiyedine Sharif) hailed by Palestinians as a martyr and condemned by Israel as a terrorist.

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