This Day in History

Posted: Friday, June 02, 2006

In Alaska

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• 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 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 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 1996, "Rent," "Bring in 'da Noise, Bring in 'da Funk" and "The King and I" dominated the Tony Awards, each winning four prizes.

• In 2005, closing arguments took place in the Michael Jackson child molestation trial in Santa Maria, Calif. (Jackson was later acquitted.) Georgia "runaway bride" Jennifer Wilbanks pleaded no contest to faking her own abduction; she was sentenced to probation, community service and a fine. Thirteen-year-old Anurag Kashyap won the national spelling bee championship by correctly spelling "appoggiatura," which refers to an embellishing musical note.

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

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

• In 1995, a U.S. Air Force F-16-C was shot down by a Bosnian Serb surface-to-air missile while on a NATO air patrol in northern Bosnia; the pilot, Capt. Scott F. O'Grady, was rescued six days later.

• In 2001, Nepal's Crown Prince Dipendra, on life support after killing at least eight members of the royal family, including his parents, before turning the gun on himself, was named king by Nepal's State Council.

• In 2005, Israel released hundreds of Palestinian prisoners, completing a pledge made under a cease-fire agreement.

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