This Day in History

Posted: Thursday, April 10, 2003

In Alaska

• In 1799, Alexander Baranof, Russian Governor of Alaska, set sail from Kodiak to Southeast Alaska.

• In 1885, Dr. Sheldon Jackson was appointed U.S. General Agent of Education in Alaska.

• In 1914, Excavation started for the concrete Messerschmidt Building, now the Silverbow Inn, in Juneau.

• In 1953, B. Frank Heintzleman took office as the eighth Governor of the Territory of Alaska, appointed by President Dwight Eisenhower.

• In 1959, Acting Governor Hugh Wade vetoed a bill calling for impoundment of stray dogs.

In the nation

• In 1847, American newspaperman Joseph Pulitzer was born in Mako, Hungary.

• In 1866, the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals was incorporated.

• In 1925, the novel "The Great Gatsby," by F. Scott Fitzgerald, was first published.

• In 1953, 50 years ago, the three-dimensional horror movie "House of Wax," produced by Warner Bros. and starring Vincent Price, premiered in New York.

• In 1963, the nuclear-powered submarine USS Thresher failed to surface off Cape Cod, Mass., in a disaster that claimed 129 lives.

• In 1972, the United States and the Soviet Union joined some 70 nations in signing an agreement banning biological warfare.

• In 1978, Arkady Shevchenko, a high-ranking Soviet citizen employed by the United Nations, sought political asylum in the United States.

In the world

• In 1912, the RMS Titanic set sail from Southampton, England, on its ill-fated maiden voyage.

• In 1932, German president Paul Von Hindenburg was re-elected, with Adolf Hitler coming in second.

• In 1974, Golda Meir announced her resignation as prime minister of Israel.

• In 1981, imprisoned IRA hunger striker Bobby Sands won election to the British Parliament.

• In 1993, South African activist Chris Hani, head of the Communist Party and a leading official of the African National Congress, was shot to death (two white extremists were later convicted in the slaying).

• In 1998, The Northern Ireland peace talks concluded as negotiators reached a landmark settlement to end 30 years of bitter rivalries and bloody attacks.

• In 2002, Eight Israelis were killed by a suicide bomber aboard a bus in Haifa.

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