This Day in History

Posted: Sunday, May 06, 2007

In Alaska, in the Nation and the World

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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 1935, the Works Progress Administration began operating.

• 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 1957, Eugene O'Neill's play "Long Day's Journey into Night" won the Pulitzer Prize for drama; John F. Kennedy's "Profiles in Courage" won the Pulitzer for biography orautobiography.

• In 1981, Yale architecture student Maya Ying Lin was named winner of a competition to design the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.

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



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