This Day in History

Posted: Friday, September 02, 2005

In Alaska

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

• In 1935, 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. About 1,500 students did not know their schedules.

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 1935, a hurricane slammed into the Florida Keys, claiming 423 lives.

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