This Day in History

Posted: Friday, April 29, 2005

In Alaska

• In 1930, the cornerstone of the Federal and Territorial Building, now the Alaska State Capitol, was laid in Juneau.

• In 1949, the Fairbanks Junior Chamber of Commerce voted to sue Collier's Magazine for printing false information about the Alaskan climate.

• In 1974, construction of the Haul Road from Fairbanks to Prudhoe Bay, now the James Dalton Highway, began. Work was completed 154 days later. Twelve hundred workers were employed north of the Yukon River.

• In 1979, the town of Skagway feared that the planned road to Whitehorse would bring a tourist deluge.

In the nation

• In 1861, Maryland's House of Delegates voted against seceding from the Union.

• In 1862, New Orleans fell to Union forces during the Civil War.

• In 1974, President Nixon announced he was releasing edited transcripts of some secretly made White House tape recordings related to Watergate.

• In 1983, Harold Washington was sworn in as the first black mayor of Chicago.

• In 1992, deadly rioting erupted in Los Angeles after a jury in Simi Valley, Calif., acquitted four Los Angeles police officers of almost all state charges in the videotaped beating of Rodney King.

• In 1996, former CIA Director William Colby was presumed drowned by authorities in Maryland after an apparent boating accident; his body was later recovered.

• In 1995, rescue workers in Oklahoma City continued the grim task of searching for bodies and pulling debris from the bombed-out Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building, where the remains of more than 120 of the 168 victims had been recovered.

• In 2004, President Bush and Vice President Cheney met behind closed doors with the Sept. 11 commission.

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