This Day in History

Posted: Sunday, June 01, 2008

In Alaska, in the Nation and the World

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. marshals 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. (The First Organic Act was passed in 1884 by the U.S. Congress, creating the District of Alaska.)

• In 1959, key components of Alaska's first nuclear power plant - including the reactor vessel - were loaded onto the freighter, Chena, in Seattle. The reactor was scheduled to be installed in Fort Greely.

In the nation

• In 1792, Kentucky became the 15th state of the Union.

• In 1796, Tennessee became the 16th state.

• In 1968, the British television series "The Prisoner," starring Patrick McGoohan, had its American premiere on CBS.

• In 1980, Cable News Network made its debut.

• In 1998, President Clinton abruptly abandoned his claim of executive privilege in the Monica Lewinsky investigation.

• In 2007, the FDA warned consumers to avoid using toothpaste made in China because it might contain a poisonous chemical used in antifreeze. Assisted suicide advocate Jack Kevorkian walked out of a Michigan prison, where he'd spent eight years for ending the life of a man suffering from Lou Gehrig's disease.

In the world

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

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

• In 1868, James Buchanan, the 15th president of the United States, died near Lancaster, Pa.

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

• In 1958, Charles de Gaulle became premier of France, marking the beginning of the end of the Fourth Republic.

• In 1998, thousands of refugees from Serbia's Kosovo province streamed into neighboring Albania to escape deadly fighting.

• In 2003, leaders of the world's seven wealthiest nations and Russia pledged billions of dollars to fight AIDS and hunger on the opening day of their summit in Evian, France.

• In 2007, kidnapped British journalist Alan Johnston appeared in a videotape posted on an Islamic Web site, the first time he was seen since being abducted nearly three months earlier in Gaza. (Johnston was freed July 4.)

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