This Day in History

Posted: Tuesday, August 05, 2003

In Alaska

• In 1881, Boyd Presbyterian Church was established in Hoonah by the Rev. Sheldon Jackson.

• In 1893, the St. Nicholas Russian Orthodox Church in Juneau was completed.

• In 1923, the Northbird, Alaska's first commercial airplane, crashed near Ketchikan.

• In 1949, Alaska Airlines was fined $60,000 for contempt of court when it violated an injunction against operating between Alaska and the Lower 48. The suit was filed by Pacific Northern Airlines, Northwest Airlines, American Airways and the Civil Aeronautics Board.

• In 1959, Georgia-Pacific Alaska announced tentative plans for a newsprint paper pulp mill in Juneau.

In the nation

• In 1861, the federal government levied an income tax for the first time.

• In 1884, the cornerstone for the Statue of Liberty was laid on Bedloe's Island in New York Harbor.

• In 1914, the first electric traffic lights were installed, in Cleveland.

• In 1924, the comic strip "Little Orphan Annie," by Harold Gray, made its debut.

• In 1957, "American Bandstand," hosted by Dick Clark, made its television network debut on ABC.

• In 1962, actress Marilyn Monroe, 36, was found dead in her Los Angeles home; her death was ruled a probable suicide from an overdose of sleeping pills.

• In 2002, the coral-encrusted gun turret of the Civil War ironclad USS Monitor was raised from the floor of the Atlantic, nearly 140 years after the historic warship sank during a storm.

In the world

• In 1963, the United States, Britain and the Soviet Union signed a treaty in Moscow banning nuclear tests in the atmosphere, in space and underwater.

• In 1998, Iraqi President Saddam Hussein broke off cooperation with U.N. weapons inspectors and demanded the commission monitoring the weapons be reorganized.

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