This Day in History

Posted: Monday, April 07, 2003

In Alaska

• In 1911, the sailing ship Jabez Howes of Columbia River Packers was wrecked at Chignik.

• In 1949, the National Park Service announced a proposal to spend $3.5 million to develop facilities at Bartlett Cove, at the mouth of Glacier Bay.

• In 1958, an earthquake, centered about 150 miles north of Fairbanks, measured up to 8.5 on the Richter scale. There was no reported damage.

• In 1979, the Alaska Supreme Court ruled that a homestead filed in 1929 along the Gastineau Channel did not include 117 acres of new land created by isostatic rebound in the 50 years since filing.

In the nation

• In 1862, Union forces led by Gen. Ulysses S. Grant defeated the Confederates at the Battle of Shiloh in Tennessee.

• In 1927, an audience in New York saw an image of Commerce Secretary Herbert Hoover in the first successful long-distance demonstration of television.

• In 1947, auto pioneer Henry Ford died in Dearborn, Mich., at age 83.

• In 1957, the last of New York's electric trolleys completed its final run from Queens to Manhattan.

• In 1969, the Supreme Court unanimously struck down laws prohibiting private possession of obscene material.

• In 1983, space shuttle astronauts Story Musgrave and Don Peterson took the first U.S. space walk in almost a decade as they worked in the open cargo bay of Challenger for nearly four hours.

• In 1998, President Clinton held a town meeting in Kansas City, Mo., on the future of Social Security. Mary Bono, the widow of entertainer-turned-politician Sonny Bono, won a special election to serve out the remainder of her husband's congressional term.

In the world

• In 1939, Italy invaded Albania. (Less than a week later, Italy annexed Albania.)

• In 1945, during World War II, American planes intercepted a Japanese fleet that was headed for Okinawa on a suicide mission.

• In 1953, the U.N. General Assembly elected Dag Hammarskjold of Sweden to be secretary-general.

• In 1966, the United States recovered a hydrogen bomb it had lost off the coast of Spain.

• In 1993, European warplanes began arriving in Italy in preparation for enforcing a no-fly zone over Bosnia-Herzegovina.

• In 2002, Israeli troops fought fierce battles with Palestinians in the West Bank, encountering stiff resistance in the Jenin refugee camp and in Nablus.

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