This Day in History

Posted: Friday, April 15, 2005

In Alaska

• In 1929, a Lockheed Vega plane piloted by Anscel Eckmann arrived in Juneau on the first nonstop flight from Seattle to Alaska.

• In 1929, Nunivak Island National Wildlife Refuge was established.

• In 1939, the Stevens Village School was closed all week due to an influenza epidemic which affected nearly 100 percent of the villagers.

• In 1959, Gov. William Egan resumed his duties in the aftermath of emergency gallbladder surgery.

• In 1971, a bill authorizing the sale of the state ferry Wickersham was sent to Gov. William Egan.

• In 1979, Steve Cowper acknowledged he was leaning more toward running for the House because, "I would enjoy that kind of job instead of one where I would be constantly in the public eye - where you're forced to keep a high public profile all the time." He became governor in 1986.

In the nation

• In 1850, the city of San Francisco was incorporated.

• In 1861, three days after the Confederate attack on Fort Sumter, President Lincoln declared a state of insurrection and called out Union troops.

• In 1865, President Lincoln died, several hours after being shot at Ford's Theater in Washington by John Wilkes Booth. Andrew Johnson became the nation's 17th president.

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