This Day in History

Posted: Thursday, May 05, 2005

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

• 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 suborbital flight in a capsule launched from Cape Canaveral, Fla.

• In 1985, President Reagan kept a promise to West German Chancellor Helmut Kohl by leading a wreath-laying ceremony at the military cemetery in Bitburg.

• In 1995, as rescue workers ended their search for bodies in the Oklahoma City bombing, President Clinton denounced self-styled antigovernment militias, saying, "How dare you call yourselves patriots and heroes." Talks collapsed between the United States and Japan on averting a bitter trade fight over automobiles.

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