This Day in History

Posted: Monday, April 19, 2004

In AlaskaP>

• In 1899, the post office of Kotzebue was established with Robert Samms as postmaster.

• In 1933, John W. Troy took office as the sixth Governor of the Territory of Alaska, appointed by President Franklin D. Roosevelt.

• In 1979, a majority of the State House sponsored a resolution to convene the Legislature in Willow in 1981. That was the site selected in 1976 as Alaska's new capital. Voters disapproved appropriating money for the capital move in 1982.

In the nation

• In 1775, the American Revolutionary War began with the battles of Lexington and Concord.

• In 1867, the U.S. Senate approved the Alaska Purchase.

• In 1933, the United States went off the gold standard.

• In 1945, the Rodgers and Hammerstein musical "Carousel" opened on Broadway.

• In 1951, General Douglas MacArthur, relieved of his Far East command by President Truman, bid farewell to Congress, quoting a line from a ballad: "Old soldiers never die; they just fade away."

• In 1982, astronauts Sally K. Ride and Guion S. Bluford Jr. became the first woman and first African-American to be tapped for U.S. space missions.

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