This Day in History

Posted: Tuesday, May 04, 2004

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 November 6, 1974.

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

• 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.

• In 1970, Ohio National Guardsmen opened fire on anti-war protesters at Kent State University, killing four students and wounding nine others.

In the world

• In 1904, the United States began building the Panama Canal.

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