This Day in History

Posted: Friday, May 16, 2003

In Alaska:

• In 1910, the "Million Dollar" Miles Glacier bridge was completed on the Copper River & Northwestern Railway.

• In 1949, Bert Griffin, a University of Alaska Geology professor, was rescued by the U.S. Air Force from Innoko River in the first night glider rescue.

• In 1979, the 140 villagers of Anaktuvuk Pass tested for higher levels of radiation from fallout because of their exclusive reliance on caribou. Caribou eat lichen, which retains radiation for years.

In the nation:

• In 1929, the first Academy Awards were presented during a banquet at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel. The movie "Wings" won best production while Emil Jannings and Janet Gaynor were named best actor and best actress.

• In 1866, Congress authorized minting of the 5-cent piece.

• In 1868, the Senate failed by one vote to convict President Andrew Johnson as it took its first ballot on one of 11 articles of impeachment against him.

• In 1948, the body of CBS News correspondent George Polk was found in Solonica Harbor in Greece, several days after he'd left his hotel for an interview with the leader of a Communist militia.

• In 1960, a Big Four summit conference in Paris collapsed on its opening day as the Soviet Union leveled spy charges against the U.S. in the wake of the U-2 incident.

• In 1977, five people were killed when a New York Airways helicopter, idling atop the Pan Am Building in midtown Manhattan, toppled over.

• In 1992, the space shuttle Endeavour completed its maiden voyage with a safe landing in the California desert.

In the world:

• In 1770, Marie Antoinette, age 14, married the future King Louis XVI of France, who was 15.

• In 1975, Japanese climber Junko Tabei became the first woman to reach the summit of Mount Everest.

• In 2002, the remains of kidnapped Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl were unearthed in Pakistan.

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