This Day in History

Posted: Thursday, May 27, 2004

In Alaska

• In 1905, the steamboat White Seal was launched at Fairbanks. It was the first registered vessel to be built on the Tanana River.

• In 1935, the flu epidemic in Barrow was reported to have run its course after 18 villagers died.

In the nation

• In 1647, the first recorded American execution of a "witch" took place in Massachusetts.

• In 1937, the newly completed Golden Gate Bridge connecting San Francisco and Marin County, Calif., was opened to the public.

• In 1941, amid rising world tensions, President Franklin D. Roosevelt proclaimed an "unlimited national emergency."

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