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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.
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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.