This Day in History

Posted: Sunday, May 04, 2008

In Alaska, in the Nation and the World

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

• In 1932, mobster Al Capone, convicted of income-tax evasion, entered the federal penitentiary in Atlanta. (Capone was later transferred to Alcatraz Island in San Francisco Bay.)

• In 1946, a two-day riot at Alcatraz prison in San Francisco Bay ended, the violence having claimed five lives.

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

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