3/9/11 1942: Construction of the Alaska Highway began. 1954: Edward R. Murrow ("See it Now") criticizes Senator Joseph McCarthy. 1961: 1st animal returned from space; dog named Blackie aboard Sputnik 9. 1962: Egyptian President Nasser declares Gaza belongs to Palestinians & U.S. advisors in South-Vietnam join the fight. 1976: 1st female cadets accepted to West Point Military Academy.