Frozen in Time
A look back at the week that was…
By P.M. Fadden
Monday, August 21st – The Dumbarton Oaks conference, which lays foundation for establishment of the United Nations, is held in 1944 at Washington, D.C.
Tuesday, August 22nd – The first complete ring around Neptune is discovered, 1989.
Wednesday, August 23rd – King George III of England refuses the American colonies’ offer of peace and declares them in open rebellion, 1775.
Thursday, August 24th – Alaskan Proud: U.S. President William Howard Taft signed the Organic Act, creating the Territory of Alaska, 1912. The signing took place on the birthday of delegate James Wickersham, author of the bill.
Friday, August 25th – The U.S. National Park Service is established as part of the Department of the Interior, 1916.
Saturday, August 26th – The Indonesian island of Krakatoa erupts in 1883. It is the largest explosion recorded in history, heard 2,200 miles away in Madagascar. The resulting destruction sends volcanic ash 50 miles into the atmosphere and kills almost 36,000 people–both on the island itself and from the resulting 131-foot tidal waves that obliterate 163 villages on the shores of nearby Java and Sumatra.
Sunday, August 27th – The United States congress passes an income tax law as part of a general tariff act, but it is found unconstitutional, 1894.
These dates in history are happily brought to you by the Glacier City Gazette in the hopes that the current week is just as noteworthy. Cheers.