This Day in History

Posted: Thursday, May 29, 2008

In Alaska, in the Nation and the World

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 big 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. (It was during this speech that Henry supposedly responded to cries of "Treason!" by declaring, "If this be treason, make the most of it," according to an 1817 biography of Henry by William Wirt, who wrote that he had confirmed the quote with former President Thomas Jefferson.)

• 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.

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