This Day in History

Posted: Friday, May 02, 2003

In Alaska

• In 1778, Captain James Cook sighted and named Mount Edgecumbe near present-day Sitka.

• In 1927, the Alaska Legislature adopted the official flag of the territory of Alaska, eight stars of gold on a field of blue, created by 13-year old Benny Benson.

• In 1959, the discovery of gambling in Fairbanks shocked the town as six men were arrested playing poker.

• In 1963, a fire swept the Cordova business district, causing more than $1 million in damages.

• In 1974, plans for the oil terminal at Valdez received the go ahead.

• In 1984, President Ronald Reagan met Pope John Paul II in Fairbanks.

In the nation

• In 1863, Confederate Gen. Thomas "Stonewall" Jackson was accidentally wounded by his own men at Chancellorsville, Va.; he died eight days later.

• In 1890, the Oklahoma Territory was organized.

• In 1932, Jack Benny's first radio show made its debut on the NBC Blue Network.

• In 1957, Sen. Joseph R. McCarthy, the controversial Republican from Wisconsin, died at Bethesda Naval Hospital in Maryland.

• In 1972, after serving 48 years as head of the FBI, J. Edgar Hoover died in Washington at age 77.

In the world

• In 1519, artist Leonardo da Vinci died at Cloux, France.

• In 1670, the Hudson Bay Company was chartered by England's King Charles II.

• In 1945, the Soviet Union announced the fall of Berlin, and the Allies announced the surrender of Nazi troops in Italy and parts of Austria.

• In 1993, Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadzic approved a plan to end the Bosnian war.

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