This Day in History

Posted: Sunday, May 04, 2003

In Alaska

• In 1911, Cordova residents shoveled Canadian coal into the harbor to protest federal reservations of Alaska coal lands. The event became known as the Cordova Coal Party.

• In 1925, Charles R. Hoyt, one of Alaska's most colorful journalists, was born in Fairbanks. (He died on Nov. 6, 1974.)

• In 1939, Lt. Col. Gregory Holsington was ordered transferred to Chilkoot Barracks in Haines as its new commander.

• In 1949, Alaska's General Fund was $450,000 short of being able to pay its bills.

• In 1952, An Alaska Air Command C-47 was the first aircraft to land at the geographic center of the North Pole.

• In 1972, wilderness areas were established in Alaska's state parks.

In the nation

• In 1626, Dutch explorer Peter Minuit landed on present-day Manhattan Island.

• In 1776, Rhode Island declared its freedom from England, two months before the Declaration of Independence was adopted.

• In 1886, at Haymarket Square in Chicago, a labor demonstration for an eight-hour work day turned into a riot when a bomb exploded.

• In 1927, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences was founded.

• In 1932, mobster Al Capone, convicted of income-tax evasion, entered the federal penitentiary in Atlanta.

• In 1961, a group of "Freedom Riders" left Washington for New Orleans to challenge racial segregation in interstate buses and bus terminals.

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