This Day in History

Posted: Wednesday, April 25, 2007

In Alaska

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

• 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 Senate failed to pass a pro-capital move resolution by a vote of 10 to 7.

In the nation

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

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

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

• In 1997, the prosecution began calling witnesses in Timothy McVeigh's Oklahoma City bombing trial. A federal judge ruled for the first time that the Food and Drug Administration can regulate tobacco as a drug - but said it couldn't restrict cigarette advertising.

• In 2002, President Bush hosted Crown Prince Abdullah of Saudi Arabia at his Texas ranch for a day of talks. The House voted overwhelmingly, 405-9, to abolish the embattled Immigration and Naturalization Service.

• In 2006, President Bush ordered a temporary suspension of environmental rules for gasoline, making it easier for refiners to meet demand.

In the world

• In 1507, America got its name from German cartographer Martin Waldseemueller, who first used the term on a world map to refer to the huge mass of land in the Western Hemisphere, in honor of Italian navigator Amerigo Vespucci.

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

• 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, the Pioneer X 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 2006, in a rare video posted on the Internet, al-Qaida in Iraq leader Abu Musab al-Zarqawi swore allegiance to Osama bin Laden and said any government formed in Iraq would be merely a "stooge."

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