This Day in History

Posted: Thursday, April 10, 2008

In Alaska, in the Nation and the World

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 Gov. Hugh Wade vetoed a bill calling for impoundment of stray dogs.

In the nation

• In 1790, President Washington signed into law the first United States Patent Act.

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

• In 1963, the nuclear-powered submarine USS Thresher sank during deep-diving tests off Cape Cod, Mass., in a disaster that claimed 129 lives.

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

• In 2003, the House passed a bill creating a national Amber Alert system and strengthening child pornography laws.

• In 2007, DNA tests showed that former boyfriend Larry Birkhead was the father of Anna Nicole Smith’s baby.

In the world

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

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

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

• In 1957,  Egypt reopened the Suez Canal to all shipping traffic. (The canal had been closed due to wreckage resulting from the Suez Crisis.) John Osborne’s play “The Entertainer,” starring Laurence Olivier, opened in London.

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

• 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 2003, Iraqi television aired videotaped greetings from President Bush and British Prime Minister Tony Blair. A fire in a boarding school for the deaf in southern Russia killed 30 children.

• In 2007, a woman wearing an explosives vest strapped underneath her black robe blew herself up in the midst of 200 Iraqi police recruits in Muqdadiyah, killing 16. Two Russian cosmonauts and U.S. billionaire Charles Simonyi arrived at the international space station.

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