This Day in History

Posted: Tuesday, May 29, 2007

In Alaska, in the Nation and the World

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In Alaska

• In 1885, the Juneau public school system began as a one-teacher, one-room school.

• In 1901, the Nome Daily News reported that Nome's first large fire erupted after a worker absentmindedly dropped a match into a pile of old wallpaper. The blaze destroyed eight blocks of the town. Firefighters were frustrated by ice in the hoses.

• In 1917, headquarters of the Alaska Road Commission were ordered transferred from Skagway to Juneau.

• In 1948, the Shemya Army Post was activated with 242 officers (236 men and seven women) and 4, 565 enlisted men.

• In 1979, four dogs and five climbers reached the top of Mount McKinley at 4 p.m., achieving the first dog team assault on the 20,320-foot peak, after spending six weeks on the mountain.

In the nation

• In 1765, Patrick Henry denounced the Stamp Act before Virginia's House of Burgesses. Responding to a cry of "Treason!" Henry declared, "If this be treason, make the most of it!"

• In 1790, Rhode Island became the 13th original colony to ratify the U.S. States Constitution.

• In 1848, Wisconsin became the 30th state of the union.

• In 1932, World War I veterans began arriving in Washington to demand cash bonuses they weren't scheduled to receive until 1945.

• In 1987, a jury in Los Angeles found "Twilight Zone" director John Landis and four associates innocent of involuntary manslaughter in the movie-set deaths of actor Vic Morrow and two children, Myca Dinh Le, 7, and Renee Chen, 6.

• In 1997, in closing arguments, Timothy McVeigh's attorney urged jurors not to be swayed by sympathy for the Oklahoma City bombing victims, after a prosecutor delivered a wrenching summation that portrayed McVeigh as a terrorist who killed children in the warped belief he was a patriot.

• In 2002, FBI Director Robert Mueller said there may have been more missed clues before the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, and suggested for the first time that investigators might have uncovered the plot if they had been more diligent about pursuing leads.

In the world

• In 1953, Mount Everest was conquered as Edmund Hillary of New Zealand and Tensing Norkay of Nepal became the first climbers to reach the summit.

• In 2002, Oxana Fedorova of Russia was crowned the 51st Miss Universe.

• In 2006, a car bomb exploded in Baghdad, killing two British members of a CBS News crew, a U.S. soldier and an Iraqi interpreter, and seriously injuring CBS correspondent Kimberly Dozier. A U.S. military truck crashed into traffic in Kabul, Afghanistan, killing at least one person and sparking violent protests across the country that claimed some 20 lives.

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