This Day in History

Posted: Monday, April 02, 2007

In Alaska

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• In 1895, Frank Peratrovich, a Tlingit leader and the 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 Teddy Roosevelt.

• In 1935, Pacific Alaska Airway began 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 Davis and most of his Cabinet fled the Confederate capital of Richmond, Va., because of advancing Union forces.

• 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 John F. Condon went to a cemetery in New York City's Bronx borough, where Condon turned over $50,000 to an unidentified man in exchange for Lindbergh's kidnapped son. (The child, however, was not returned, and was found dead the following month.)

• In 1997, The White House released documents showing how eager it had been to exploit the money-drawing powers of President Clinton and Vice President Gore during the 1996 campaign while coordinating with the Democratic Party's fundraising machine.

• In 2006, Journalist Jill Carroll arrived in Boston, tearfully embracing her parents and twin sister after 82 days as a hostage in Iraq. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and British Foreign Secretary Jack Straw made a surprise trip to Iraq to urge its leaders to form a unified government.

In the world

• 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 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.

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