This Day in History

Posted: Monday, May 05, 2008

In Alaska, in the Nation and the World

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 1891, Carnegie Hall (then named "Music Hall") had its official opening night in New York City.

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

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

• In 1945, in the only fatal attack of its kind during World War II, a Japanese balloon bomb exploded on Gearhart Mountain in Oregon, killing the pregnant wife of a minister and five children.

• In 1958, the Arkansas Gazette received the Pulitzer Prize for its coverage of the Little Rock Central High School integration crisis; James Agee was posthumously honored for his novel "A Death in the Family."

• 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.

In the world

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

• In 1942, during World War II, Japanese forces landed on the Philippine island of Corregidor.

• 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 1981, Irish Republican Army hunger-striker Bobby Sands died at the Maze Prison in Northern Ireland in his 66th day without food.

• In 1998, an exasperated Secretary of State Madeleine Albright called on Israel to agree to hand over an additional 13 percent of the West Bank to the Palestinians, on top of the 27 percent already relinquished; Israel, however, continued to balk at the proposal.

• In 2003, in Colombia, a botched rescue attempt resulted in the deaths of a state governor, former defense minister and eight other hostages being held by rebels; three hostages survived.

• In 2007, a Kenya Airways jet crashed in southern Cameroon, killing all 114 people on board.

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