This Day in History

Posted: Thursday, June 02, 2005

In Alaska

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

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

• In 1942, the Japanese bombed Dutch Harbor.

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

• In 1975, Vice President Nelson Rockefeller said his commission had found no widespread pattern of illegal activities at the Central Intelligence Agency.

• 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 1997, Timothy McVeigh was convicted of murder and conspiracy in the Oklahoma City bombing. (He was executed in June 2001.)

• In 2000, President Clinton, visiting Germany, was honored with the prestigious International Charlemagne Prize at Aachen Cathedral.

In the world

• In 1946, the Italian monarchy was abolished in favor of a republic.

• 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.

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