Frozen in Time
A look back at the week that was…
By P.M. Fadden
Monday, April 24th – Alaskan Proud: voters approved the constitution adopted at Fairbanks in February by a vote of 17,447 to 7,180 and adopted a “Tennessee plan” to send an unofficial three-member delegation to Congress, 1956.
Tuesday, April 25th – A ‘seeing eye’ dog is used for the first time, 1938.
Wednesday, April 26th – Copernicus makes his first observations of Saturn, 1514.
Thursday, April 27th – South Africa passes the Group Areas Act, formally segregating races, 1950.
Friday, April 28th – Boxer Muhammad Ali refuses induction into the U.S. Army claiming classification as a conscientious objector for religious reasons in 1967. Convicted of draft evasion, Ali is banned from boxing and stripped of his titles. The U.S. Supreme Court, in a unanimous decision, will overturn the conviction four years later.
Saturday, April 29th – As World War II draws to a close, Adolf Hitler marries longtime partner Eva Braun in a Berlin bunker in 1945. Both Hitler and Braun will commit suicide the following day.
Sunday, April 30th – George Washington is inaugurated as the first U.S. president, 1789.
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.