This Day in History

Posted: Sunday, May 01, 2005

In Alaska

• In 1914, Secretary of the Interior Franklin K. Lane announced that the Susitna route had been chosen for the Alaska Railroad.

• 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 1959, the DEW (Defense Early Warning) Line System was extended along the Aleutian Islands.

• In 1959, Gov. William Egan formed the departments of law, labor, and natural resources.

• In 1979, Anchorage Mayor George Sullivan blasted reports that earthquake danger makes much of the city unsafe, saying he expected Anchorage buildings to survive the next earthquake.

In the nation

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

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



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