This Day in History

Posted: Sunday, May 20, 2007

In Alaska and in the Nation

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In Alaska

• In 1909, Walter E. Clark was appointed the seventh and last governor of the district of Alaska by President William Taft. In 1912, he became governor of the territory of Alaska.

• In 1949, an ice jam caused the Yukon River to flood, marooning 182 people overnight on a small knoll near Fort Yukon.

• In 1963, two Swedish pilots completed the first voyage over the North Pole in a single-engine Piper Comanche, flying from Stockholm to Anchorage.

• In 1986, voters approved the Northwest Arctic Borough.

In the nation

• In 1927, Charles Lindbergh took off from Roosevelt Field in Garden City, N.Y., aboard the Spirit of St. Louis on his historic solo flight to France.

• In 1939, trans-Atlantic mail service began as a Pan American Airways plane, the Yankee Clipper, took off from Port Washington, N.Y., bound for Europe.

• In 1961, a white mob attacked a busload of Freedom Riders in Montgomery, Ala., prompting the federal government to send in U.S. marshals to restore order.

• In 1996, the Supreme Court struck down a Colorado measure banning laws that protect homosexuals from discrimination.

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