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In 1913, John F. A. Strong , Alaska newspaperman, was appointed governor of the territory of Alaska by President Woodrow Wilson.
In 1949, the U.S. Bureau of Land Management announced temporary withdrawal from public settlement of 86,000 acres on the Chena River near Fairbanks and 17,000 acres on the Fritz Creek near Homer.
In 1957, the Chilkat, the first ferry in the Alaska Marine Highway system, was launched at Tacoma.
In the nation
In 1775, Paul Revere began his famous ride from Charlestown to Lexington, Mass., warning American colonists that the British were coming.
In 1906, a devastating earthquake struck San Francisco, followed by raging fires. About 700 people died.
In 1921, Junior Achievement, created to encourage business skills in young people, was incorporated.
In 1944, the ballet "Fancy Free," with music by Leonard Bernstein, premiered.
In 1956, actress Grace Kelly married Prince Rainier of Monaco in a civil ceremony. (A church wedding took place the next day.)
In 1996, President Clinton addressed the Japanese parliament, hailing security ties between the two countries as the cornerstone of stability in Asia. Congress passed and sent to President Clinton long-awaited legislation giving federal law officers new powers to use against terrorism.
In the world
In 1942, an air squadron from the USS Hornet led by Lt. Col. James H. Doolittle raided Tokyo and other Japanese cities.
In 1946, the League of Nations ceased operations.
In 1980, Zimbabwe Rhodesia became the independent nation of Zimbabwe.
In 1983, 62 people, including 17 Americans, were killed at the U.S. Embassy in Beirut, Lebanon, by a suicide bomber.
In 1996, Israeli shells killed 91 Lebanese refugees in a U.N. camp; Israel called the attack an "unfortunate mistake." Gunmen opened fire at a hotel in Egypt, killing 18 Greek tourists.
In 2001, U.S. and Chinese diplomats began two days of talks over the April 1 collision involving a U.S. spy plane after Beijing and Washington staked out opposing positions on who was to blame for the incident.
In 2005, Lance Armstrong announced he was retiring after the upcoming Tour de France. Defending champion Catherine Ndereba of Kenya became the first woman to win a fourth Boston Marathon and Ethiopia's Hailu Negussie won the men's race.