This Day in History

Posted: Wednesday, May 05, 2004

In Alaska

• In 1917, Lester D. Henderson, Superintendent of Schools in Juneau, was appointed the Territory of Alaska's first Commissioner of Education.

• In 1928, Henry O'Malley, U.S. Commissioner of Fisheries, asked for a decrease in taking and packing salmon for fear of depleting the fisheries.

In the nation

• In 1904, Cy Young pitched the American League's first perfect game, as the Boston Red Sox defeated the Philadelphia Athletics, 3-0.

• In 1925, John T. Scopes was arrested in Tennessee for teaching Darwin's theory of evolution.

• In 1942, sales of sugar resumed in the United States under a rationing program.

• In 1955, the baseball musical "Damn Yankees" opened on Broadway.

• In 1961, astronaut Alan B. Shepard Jr. became America's first space traveler, as he made a 15-minute sub-orbital flight in a capsule launched from Cape Canaveral, Fla.

• In 1999, the first Kosovo refugees brought to the United States, 453 of them, arrived at Fort Dix in New Jersey.

• In 2003, searchers using dogs and heavy equipment went from one crumbled home to another after tornado-packed storms flattened communities in four Midwestern states, killing 19 people.

In the world

• In 1821, Napoleon Bonaparte died in exile on the island of St. Helena.

• In 1862, Mexican forces loyal to Benito Juarez defeated French troops sent by Napoleon III in the Battle of Puebla.

• In 1912, the first issue of the Soviet Communist Party newspaper Pravda was published.

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