This Day in History

Posted: Monday, April 25, 2005

In Alaska

• In 1932, Joe Crosson made the first landing on Muldrow Glacier on Mount McKinley.

• In 1939, Frank Berry, Superintendent of Public Facilities, announced a campaign to decrease radio interference in Anchorage by having filters installed on all automotive ignition systems.

• In 1949, President Harry Truman vetoed the compensation of three Alaska milk farmers for harm done by low-flying U.S. military planes (in 1941).

• In 1969, the Alaska House of Representatives approved a resolution calling on the Food and Drug Administration to designate the tanner crab as the "Queen Crab."

• In 1979, the Alaska State Senate failed to pass a pro-capital move resolution by a vote of 10 to 7.

In the nation

• In 1959, the St. Lawrence Seaway opened to shipping.

• In 1983, the Pioneer 10 spacecraft crossed Pluto's orbit, speeding on its endless voyage through the Milky Way.

• In 1990, the Hubble Space Telescope was deployed from the space shuttle Discovery.

• In 2004, hundreds of thousands of abortion-rights supporters marched in Washington, D.C., to protest Bush administration policies.

In the world

• In 1792, highwayman Nicolas Jacques Pelletier became the first person under French law to be executed by the guillotine.

• In 1859, ground was broken for the Suez Canal.

• In 1898, the United States formally declared war on Spain.

• In 1915, during World War I, Allied soldiers invaded the Gallipoli Peninsula in an unsuccessful attempt to take the Ottoman Turkish Empire out of the war.

• In 1945, delegates from some 50 countries met in San Francisco to organize the United Nations.

• In 1945, during World War II, U.S. and Soviet forces linked up on the Elbe River, a meeting that dramatized the collapse of Nazi Germany's defenses.

• In 1983, Soviet leader Yuri V. Andropov invited Samantha Smith to visit his country after receiving a letter in which the Manchester, Maine, schoolgirl expressed fears about nuclear war.

• In 1990, Violeta Barrios de Chamorro was inaugurated as president of Nicaragua, ending 11 years of leftist Sandinista rule.

• In 2000, assailants shot and killed Zika Petrovic, an ally of Yugoslav President Slobodan Milosevic.

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