This Day in History

Posted: Thursday, May 15, 2003

In Alaska:

• In 1926, the dirigible Norge, carrying explorer Roald Amundsen, arrived in Teller at 2 a.m. after a flight over the North Pole.

• In 1941, a contract was approved for construction of the $42,000 Juneau International Airport.

• In 1959, a new state minimum wage of $1.50 per hour took effect, a 25-cent increase.

In the nation:

• In 1602, Cape Cod was discovered by English navigator Bartholomew Gosnold.

• In 1886, poet Emily Dickinson died in Amherst, Mass.

• In 1911, the Supreme Court ordered the dissolution of Standard Oil Co., ruling it was in violation of the Sherman Antitrust Act.

• In 1918, U.S. airmail began service between Washington, Philadelphia and New York.

• In 1930, Ellen Church, the first airline stewardess, went on duty aboard a United Airlines flight between San Francisco and Cheyenne, Wyo.

• In 1940, nylon stockings went on general sale for the first time in the United States.

• In 1942, gasoline rationing went into effect in 17 states, limiting sales to three gallons a week for nonessential vehicles.

• In 1963, astronaut L. Gordon Cooper blasted off aboard Faith 7 on the final mission of the Project Mercury space program.

• In 1970, Phillip Lafayette Gibbs and James Earl Green, two students at Jackson State University in Mississippi, were killed when police opened fire during student protests.

• In 1972, George C. Wallace was shot by Arthur Bremer and left paralyzed while campaigning in Laurel, Md., for the Democratic presidential nomination.

In the world:

• In 1991, French President Francois Mitterrand appointed Edith Cresson to be France's first female premier.

• In 1993, Bosnian Serbs began voting in a two-day referendum that overwhelmingly rejected a U.N.-backed peace plan.

• In 1998, trapped in blazing shopping malls, hundreds of looters burned to death in rioting that laid smoking waste to Indonesia's capital, Jakarta.

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