This Day in History

Posted: Sunday, April 20, 2003

In Alaska

• In 1875, Frank H. Waskey, the first delegate (non-voting) in Congress from Alaska, was born in Minnesota.

• In 1889, Lyman E. Knapp took office as the third governor of the District of Alaska, appointed by President Benjamin Harrison.

• In 1904, Edward Lewis "Bob" Bartlett, who became one of the first two U.S. senators from the state of Alaska, was born in Seattle.

• In 1935, the steamer North Sea, Northland Transportation Co., arrived in Juneau on her first Alaska voyage.

In the nation

• In 1812, the fourth vice president of the United States, George Clinton, died in Washington at age 73, becoming the first vice president to die while in office.

• In 1836, the territory of Wisconsin was established by Congress.

• In 1971, the Supreme Court upheld the use of busing to achieve racial desegregation in schools.

• In 1972, the manned lunar module from Apollo 16 landed on the moon.

• In 1999, the Columbine High School massacre took place in Littleton, Colo., as students Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold shot and killed 12 classmates and one teacher before taking their own lives.


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