This Day in History

Posted: Thursday, May 01, 2008

In Alaska, in the Nation and the World

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 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 1893, the World's Columbian Exposition opened to the public in Chicago.

• 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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