This Day in History

Posted: Tuesday, May 06, 2003

In Alaska

• In 1935, the first contingent of CCC workers for the great Matanuska colonization project rolled into Anchorage at noon aboard the Alaska Railroad.

In the nation

• In 1861, Arkansas seceded from the Union.

• In 1937, the hydrogen-filled German dirigible "Hindenburg" burned and crashed in Lakehurst, N.J., killing 35 of the 97 people on board and a Navy crewman on the ground.

• In 1987, CIA Director William J. Casey died at age 74.

• In 1996, the body of former CIA director William E. Colby was found washed up on a riverbank in southern Maryland, eight days after he'd disappeared.

In the world

• In 1889, the Paris Exposition formally opened, featuring the just-completed Eiffel Tower.

• In 1910, Britain's King Edward VII died.

• In 1942, during World War II, some 15,000 Americans and Filipinos on Corregidor surrendered to the Japanese.

• In 1954, medical student Roger Bannister broke the four-minute mile during a track meet in Oxford, England, in three minutes, 59.4 seconds.

• In 1960, Britain's Princess Margaret married Anthony Armstrong-Jones, a commoner, at Westminster Abbey. (They divorced in 1978.)

• In 1992, actress Marlene Dietrich died at her Paris home at age 90.

• In 1993, the Bosnian Serb parliament, for the third time, rejected a United Nations peace plan for Bosnia-Herzegovina.

• In 2002, Myanmar's opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi was freed after 19 months of house arrest.

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