This Day in History

Posted: Friday, June 01, 2007

In Alaska, in the Nation and the World

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In Alaska

• In 1904, the first two high school graduates in Alaska received their diplomas in Juneau.

• In 1909, the Alaska-Yukon-Pacific Exposition opened on what is now the University of Washington campus in Seattle.

• In 1925, the Sitka National Cemetery was established by executive order of President Calvin Coolidge.

• In 1939, the U.S. marshall seized seven slot machines in a raid on The Fisherman's Club in Anchorage. Under the 1912 Alaska Organic Act, gambling devices were subject to seizure and destruction. In 1884, the First Organic Act was passed by the U.S. Congress, creating the District of Alaska.

In the nation

• In 1792, Kentucky became the 15th state.

• In 1796, Tennessee became the 16th state.

• In 1813, the mortally wounded commander of the U.S. frigate Chesapeake, Captain James Lawrence, said, "Don't give up the ship" during a losing battle with a British frigate.

• In 1980, CNN made its broadcast debut.

• In 1997, Betty Shabazz, the widow of Malcolm X, was fatally burned in a fire set by her 12-year-old grandson in her New York apartment. The Broadway show "Titanic" won five Tony Awards, including best musical. The Chicago Tribune published a column by Mary Schmich which urged the graduating class of 1997, among other things, to "wear sunscreen" (the tongue-in-cheek essay ended up being wrongly attributed to author Kurt Vonnegut on the Internet).

• In 2002, President Bush told West Point graduates the U.S. would strike pre-emptively against suspected terrorists if necessary to deter attacks on Americans, saying "the war on terror will not be won on the defensive."

• In 2006, a contrite U.S. Army Corps of Engineers took responsibility for the flooding of New Orleans by Hurricane Katrina. Seven family members were shot to death in an Indianapolis house. (Two suspects were later charged.)

In the world

• In 1533, Anne Boleyn, the second wife of King Henry VIII, was crowned as Queen Consort of England.

• In 1943, a civilian flight from Lisbon to London was shot down by the Germans during World War II, killing all aboard, including actor Leslie Howard.

• In 1967, the Beatles released their album, "Sergeant Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band."



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