This Day in History

Posted: Monday, April 07, 2008

In Alaska and in the Nation

In Alaska

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

• In 1949, the National Parks 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 watched as the image as well as voice of Commerce Secretary Herbert Hoover were transmitted live from Washington in the first successful long-distance demonstration of television.

• In 1948, the World Health Organization was founded.

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

• In 1966, the U.S. Navy recovered a hydrogen bomb it had lost off the coast of Spain.

• In 1978, President Carter announced he was deferring development of the neutron bomb, a high-radiation weapon.

• 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 2003, the Supreme Court voted 6-3 to uphold a 50-year-old Virginia law making it a crime to burn a cross as an act of intimidation. The Boston Globe won the 2003 Pulitzer Prize for public service for its coverage of the priest sex abuse scandal. Syracuse won the NCAA basketball tournament with an 81-78 victory over Kansas.

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