This Day in History

Posted: Tuesday, April 26, 2005

In Alaska

• In 1899, a fire destroyed a major portion of Dawson City in Canada's Yukon.

• In 1965, a Bureau of Commercial Fisheries vessel began a 2-month voyage to explore potential bottom-fishing grounds along the Continental Shelf.

• In 1967, the Civil Aeronautics Board gave Alaska Airlines temporary permission to serve Sitka.

• In 1979, a Japanese barley specialist declared that Alaska barley was "inferior."

• In 1988, the first expedition to cross the Arctic on foot reached the North Pole.

In the nation

• In 1865, John Wilkes Booth, the assassin of President Lincoln, was surrounded by federal troops near Bowling Green, Va., and killed.

• In 1968, the United States exploded a one-megaton nuclear device called "Boxcar" beneath the Nevada desert.

• In 1970, the Broadway musical "Company" opened at the Alvin Theatre in New York.

• In 1995, one week after the Oklahoma City bombing, Americans observed a minute of silence in honor of the victims.

• In 2000, Vermont Gov. Howard Dean signed the nation's first bill allowing same-sex couples to form civil unions.

• In 2004, following conservative criticism of his antiwar activities during the Vietnam era, Democratic presidential candidate John Kerry accused President Bush of failing to prove whether he'd fulfilled his commitment to the National Guard during the same period. The government unveiled its new, colorized $50 bill.

In the world

• In 1937, planes from Nazi Germany raided the Basque town of Guernica in the Spanish Civil War.

• In 1945, Marshal Henri Philippe Petain, the head of France's Vichy government during World War II, was arrested.

• In 1964, the African nations of Tanganyika and Zanzibar merged to form Tanzania.

• In 1994, voting began in South Africa's first all-race elections.

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