This Day in History

Posted: Friday, December 03, 2004

In Alaska

• In 1906, Frank H. Waskey was seated as the first delegate in the U.S House of Representatives from Alaska. He had no voting power in Congress.

• In 1955, the first record of the first Alaska recording company began national distribution with the release of "Down Hill Drag" by the Polar Recording Co.

In the nation

• In 1818, Illinois was admitted as the 21st state.

• In 1828, Andrew Jackson was elected president of the United States.

• In 1925, "Concerto in F," by George Gershwin, had its world premiere at New York's Carnegie Hall, with Gershwin himself at the piano.

• In 1947, the Tennessee Williams play "A Streetcar Named Desire" opened on Broadway.

• In 1960, the musical "Camelot" opened on Broadway.

• In 1964, police arrested some 800 students at the University of California at Berkeley, one day after the students stormed the administration building and staged a massive sit-in.

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