This Day in History

Posted: Sunday, May 27, 2007

In Alaska, in the Nation and the World

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In Alaska

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

• In 1935, the flu epidemic in Barrow was reported to be nearly over after 18 villagers had died.

In the nation

• In 1896, 255 people were killed when a tornado struck St. Louis and East St. Louis, Ill.

• In 1933, Walt Disney's Academy Award-winning animated short "The Three Little Pigs" was first released.

• In 1935, the Supreme Court, in Schechter Poultry Corp. v. United States, struck down the National Industrial Recovery Act.

• In 1937, the Golden Gate Bridge connecting San Francisco and Marin County, Calif., opened to pedestrian traffic (vehicular traffic began crossing the bridge the next day).

• In 1977, New York fined "human fly" George H. Willig $1.10 - one penny for each of the 110 stories of the World Trade Center he scaled.

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