This Day in History

Posted: Monday, May 12, 2003

In Alaska

• In 1898, Dr. Charles C. Georgeson arrived in Sitka to begin the Alaska programs of the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

• In 1926, Juneau's first concrete paving began, from Seward Street to the Alaskan Hotel.

In the nation

• In 1932, the body of the kidnapped son of Charles and Anne Lindbergh was found in a wooded area of Hopewell, N.J.

• In 1933, the Federal Emergency Relief Administration and the Agricultural Adjustment Administration were established to provide help for the needy and farmers.

• In 1970, the Senate voted unanimously to confirm Harry A. Blackmun as a Supreme Court justice.

• In 1975, the White House announced the new Cambodian government had seized an American merchant ship, the Mayaguez, in international waters.

• In 1978, the Commerce Department said hurricanes would no longer be given only female names.

• In 1993, President Clinton proposed putting all money raised from new taxes and spending cuts into a trust fund dedicated solely to reducing the nation's huge budget deficit.

• In 2002, Jimmy Carter arrived in Cuba, becoming the first U.S. president - in or out of office - to visit since the 1959 revolution that put Fidel Castro in power. Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon's Likud party rejected creation of a Palestinian state.

In the world

• In 1820, the founder of modern nursing, Florence Nightingale, was born in Florence, Italy.

• In 1870, Manitoba entered Confederation as a Canadian province.

• In 1937, Britain's King George VI was crowned at Westminster Abbey.

• In 1943, during World War II, Axis forces in North Africa surrendered.

• In 1949, the Soviet Union announced an end to the Berlin Blockade.

• In 1982, in Fatima, Portugal, security guards overpowered a Spanish priest armed with a bayonet who was trying to reach Pope John Paul II.

• In 1998, A day after India's first atomic test blasts in 24 years, neighboring Pakistan said it was ready to test a nuclear device itself. Indonesian President Suharto's security forces killed at least six student demonstrators.

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