This Day in History

Posted: Sunday, September 02, 2007

In Alaska, in the Nation and the World

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In Alaska

• In 1893, the first bridge connecting Juneau and Douglas Island opened.

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

• In 1949, the U.S. Budget Bureau increased the maximum per diem for federal employees travelling 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 had no idea what classes they were in.

In the nation

• In 1789, the U.S. Treasury Department was established.

• In 1807, British forces began bombarding Copenhagen for several days, until the Danes agreed to surrender their naval fleet.

• 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 more than 400 lives.

• In 2002, Glenn Tilton was named chairman, president and CEO of United Airlines parent UAL Corp.

In the world

• In 1666, the Great Fire of London broke out, claiming thousands of homes.

• In 1930, the first nonstop airplane flight from Europe to the United States was completed in 37 hours as Capt. Dieudonne Costes and Maurice Bellonte of France arrived in Valley Stream, N.Y., aboard a Breguet biplane. (The plane was known as "The Question Mark" because it bore the image of the punctuation sign on its side.)

• In 1945, Japan formally surrendered in ceremonies aboard the USS Missouri, ending World War II. Ho Chi Minh declared Vietnam an independent republic.

• In 1998, a Swissair MD-11 jetliner crashed off Nova Scotia, killing all 229 people aboard.

• In 1997, in London, a grieving human tide engulfed St. James's Palace, where Princess Diana's body lay in a chapel closed to the public, as the British monarchy and government prepared for her funeral. The White House announced that first lady Hillary Rodham Clinton would attend on behalf of the United States.

• In 2002, negotiators at the World Summit in Johannesburg, South Africa, put the finishing touches on a global plan to improve the lives of the poor while preserving the environment.

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