This Day in History

Posted: Sunday, April 02, 2006

In Alaska

• In 1906, Wilford B. Hoggatt took office as the sixth governor of the territory of Alaska, appointed by President Theodore Roosevelt.

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

• In 1956, 50 years ago, the soap operas "As the World Turns" and "The Edge of Night" premiered on CBS television.

• In 1996, a federal appeals court rejected New York state laws banning doctor-assisted suicide, saying it would be discriminatory to let people disconnect life support systems while refusing to let others end their lives with medication.

• In 2001, President George W. Bush demanded China promptly return a U.S. spy plane and its crew members. (The plane had made an emergency landing in China after colliding with a Chinese fighter.) Duke won its third national men's basketball championship with an 82-72 victory over Arizona.

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