This Day in History

Posted: Friday, May 28, 2004

In Alaska

• In 1979, Susan Butcher and Joe Reddington reached the 17,200-foot level in their attempt to be the first to mush sled dogs to the top of 20,320-foot Mt. McKinley.

• In 1958, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Alaska Statehood Bill by a vote of 208 to 166.

In the nation

• In 1863, the first black regiment from the North left Boston to fight in the Civil War.

• In 1867, the Alaska Purchase was ratified by President Andrew Johnson.

• In 1892, the Sierra Club was organized in San Francisco.

• In 1929, the first all-color talking picture, "On with the Show," opened in New York.

• In 1937, President Franklin D. Roosevelt pushed a button in Washington, D.C., signaling that vehicular traffic could cross the new Golden Gate Bridge.

• In 1984, President Reagan led a state funeral at Arlington National Cemetery for an unidentified soldier killed in the Vietnam War. The remains were later identified as those of Air Force First Lieutenant Michael J. Blassie.

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