This Day in History

Posted: Monday, June 02, 2003

In Alaska

• In 1902, President Theodore Roosevelt approved the first Alaska game law.

• In 1924, American Indians were finally declared citizens of the United States under the Indian Citizenship Act, passed by Congress.

• In 1939, The contract to pave the Alaska portion of the Haines Highway was awarded to Lytle and Green Construction.

• In 1959, The Bureau of Indian Affairs announced that construction would start in Unalakeet on the first high school to be operated by the Bureau of Indian Affairs in a native village in Alaska.

• In 1986, The Northwest Arctic Borough was incorporated, detaching 3,298 acres of territory - including the Red Dog Zinc Mine - from the North Slope Borough.

In the nation

• In 1851, Maine became the first state to enact a law prohibiting alcohol.

• In 1886, President Cleveland married Frances Folsom in a White House ceremony.

• In 1897, Mark Twain, 61, was quoted by the New York Journal as saying from London that "the report of my death was an exaggeration."

• In 1924, Congress granted U.S. citizenship to all American Indians.

• In 1941, Baseball's "Iron Horse," Lou Gehrig, died in New York of a degenerative disease, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis.

• In 1942, The Japanese bombed Dutch Harbor.

• In 1966, The U.S. space probe "Surveyor 1" landed on the moon and began transmitting detailed photographs of the lunar surface.

• In 1986, for the first time, the public could watch the proceedings of the U.S. Senate on television as a six-week experiment of televised sessions began.

• In 1987, President Reagan announced he was nominating economist Alan Greenspan to succeed Paul Volcker as chairman of the Federal Reserve Board.

• In 1997, Timothy McVeigh was convicted of murder and conspiracy in the Oklahoma City bombing.

• In 1998, Voters in California passed Proposition 227, which effectively abolished the state's 30-year-old bilingual education program by requiring that all children be taught in English. Monica Lewinsky hired a new defense team, Jacob Stein and Plato Cacheris, replacing William H. Ginsburg as her lead attorney.

• In 2002, "Thoroughly Modern Millie" won six Tony Awards, including best musical. American journalist and columnist Flora Lewis died in Paris at age 79.

In the world

• In 1953, Queen Elizabeth II of Britain was crowned in Westminster Abbey, 16 months after the death of her father, King George VI.

• In 1979, Pope John Paul II arrived in his native Poland on the first visit by a pope to a Communist country.

• In 1993, South Africa's Supreme Court upheld Winnie Mandela's conviction for kidnapping four young blacks, but said she would not have to serve any of her five-year prison term.

• In 2002, Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat offered Cabinet posts to militant groups as part of a government reshuffle. A fire broke out at Buckingham Palace, forcing the evacuation of hundreds of people and marring the four-day celebration of Queen Elizabeth's 50 years on the throne.

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