This Day in History

Posted: Tuesday, May 24, 2005

In Alaska

• In 1903, Ralph Rivers, Alaska's first voting representative, was born. He served in the U.S. House from 1959 until 1966.

• In 1933, the Juneau City Council decided to switch to Daylight Savings Time for the first time since World War I.

• In 1963, two Swedish pilots completed the first round-trip voyage over the North Pole in a single-engine Piper Comanche, reaching Stockholm, Sweden, 30 hours after departing Anchorage.

• In 1984, mountaineers made the first live radio broadcast from the summit of Mount McKinley.

In the nation

• In 1844, Samuel F.B. Morse transmitted the message, "What hath God wrought!" from Washington to Baltimore as he formally opened America's first telegraph line.

• In 1883, the Brooklyn Bridge, linking Brooklyn and Manhattan, was opened to traffic.

• In 1962, astronaut Scott Carpenter became the second American to orbit the Earth as he flew aboard Aurora Seven.

• In 1995, Hollywood madam Heidi Fleiss was sentenced to three years in prison and fined $1,500 for running a call-girl ring that catered to the rich and famous.

• In 2000, gunmen killed five people in a robbery attempt at a Wendy's restaurant in the New York borough of Queens.

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