This Day in History

Posted: Thursday, May 01, 2003

In Alaska

• In 1934, legal liquor returned to Alaska and 10 liquor stores opened in Juneau.

• In 1959, U.S. Secretary of the Interior Fred Seaton sent Congress a bill seeking to establish an Arctic Wildlife Range.

In the nation

• In 1931, New York's 102-story Empire State Building was dedicated.

• In 1963, James W. Whittaker of Redmond, Wash., became the first American to conquer Mount Everest as he and a Sherpa guide reached the summit.

• In 1967, Elvis Presley married Priscilla Beaulieu in Las Vegas. (They divorced in 1973.)

• In 1998, Eldridge Cleaver, the fiery Black Panther leader who later renounced his past and became a Republican, died in Pomona, Calif., at age 62.

• In 1971, Amtrak - which combined and streamlined the operations of 18 intercity passenger railroads - went into service.

In the world

• In 1960, the Soviet Union shot down an American U-2 reconnaissance plane near Sverdlovsk and captured its pilot, Francis Gary Powers.

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