This Day in History

Posted: Thursday, September 02, 2004

In Alaska

• In 1935, the first Douglas Bridge, connecting Juneau and Douglas Island, was opened with a parade of cars.

• In 1939, the resignation of John Troy as governor of Alaska was announced by President Franklin D. Roosevelt. Ernest Gruening was appointed as his replacement.

• In 1949, the U.S. Budget Bureau increased the maximum per diem for federal employees traveling in Alaska from $8 to $11 a day.

• In 1969, Lathrop High School in Fairbanks closed an hour after opening on the first day of the school year when computerized class lists failed to arrive. 1,500 students had no idea what classes they were in.

In the nation

• In 1789, the United States Treasury Department was established.

• In 1864, during the Civil War, Union Gen. William T. Sherman's forces occupied Atlanta.

• In 1901, Vice President Theodore Roosevelt offered the advice, "Speak softly and carry a big stick" in a speech at the Minnesota State Fair.

• In 1924, the Rudolf Friml operetta, "Rose Marie," opened on Broadway.

• In 1963, Alabama Gov. George C. Wallace prevented the integration of Tuskegee High School by encircling the building with state troopers.

• In 1994, the government reported the nation's unemployment rate for August was unchanged from July, at 6.1 percent.

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