This Day in History

Posted: Tuesday, September 02, 2008

In Alaska, in the Nation and the World

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 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. Fifteen hundred 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 1935, a hurricane slammed into the Florida Keys, claiming more than 400 lives.

• In 1958, President Eisenhower signed the National Defense Education Act, which provided aid to public and private education to promote learning in such fields as math and science.

In the world

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

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

• In 1930, the first nonstop airplane flight from Europe to the U.S. was completed in 37 hours as Captain Dieudonne Costes and Maurice Bellonte of France arrived in Valley Stream, N.Y., aboard their Breguet 19 biplane, which bore a large question mark, instead of a name, on each side.

• In 1945, Japan formally surrendered in ceremonies aboard the USS Missouri, ending World War II.

• In 1969, North Vietnamese president Ho Chi Minh died.

• In 2007, Hurricane Felix strengthened into a dangerous Category 4 storm as it toppled trees and flooded homes on a cluster of Dutch islands before churning its way into the open waters of the Caribbean.

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