This Day in History

Posted: Thursday, April 19, 2007

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• In 1867, the U.S. Senate approved the Alaska Purchase.

• In 1899, the post office of Kotzebue was established with Robert Samms as postmaster.

• In 1933, John W. Troy took office as the sixth governor of the territory of Alaska, appointed by President Franklin D. Roosevelt.

• In 1979, a majority of the state House sponsored a resolution to convene the Legislature in Willow, the site selected in 1976 as Alaska's new capital. (Voters disapproved appropriating money for the capital move in 1982.)

In the nation

• In 1775, the American Revolutionary War began with the battles of Lexington and Concord.

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