This Day in History

Posted: Friday, September 05, 2003

In Alaska

• In 1880, Richard Harris and Joe Juneau arrived in Sitka with ore from Gold Creek in Juneau, but backer George Pilz was upset because they did not find the source of the gold.

In the nation

• In 1774, the first Continental Congress assembled in Philadelphia.

• In 1836, Sam Houston was elected president of the Republic of Texas.

• In 1939, the United States proclaimed its neutrality in World War II.

• In 1975, President Ford escaped an attempt on his life by Lynette "Squeaky" Fromme, a disciple of Charles Manson, in Sacramento, Calif.

In the world

• In 1793, the Reign of Terror began during the French Revolution, as the National Convention instituted harsh measures to repress counterrevolutionary activities.

• In 1945, Iva Toguri D'Aquino, a Japanese-American suspected of being wartime broadcaster Tokyo Rose, was arrested in Yokohama. She served six years in prison and was pardoned in 1977.

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