This Day in History

Posted: Monday, May 28, 2007

In Alaska, in the Nation and the World

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In Alaska

• In 1867, President Andrew Johnson ratified the Alaska Purchase.

• In 1958, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Alaska Statehood Bill by a vote of 208 to 166.

• In 1979, Susan Butcher and Joe Reddington reached 17,200 feet in their attempt to be the first to mush sled dogs to the top of 20,320-foot Mount McKinley.

In the nation

• In 1863, the first black regiment from the North left Boston to fight in the Civil War.

• In 1892, the Sierra Club was organized in San Francisco.

• In 1929, the first all-color talking picture, "On with the Show," opened in New York.

• In 1937, President Roosevelt pushed a button in Washington signaling that vehicular traffic could begin crossing the just-opened Golden Gate Bridge in California.

• In 1957, the National League gave permission for the Brooklyn Dodgers and New York Giants baseball teams to move to Los Angeles and San Francisco.

• In 1977, 165 people were killed when fire raced through the Beverly Hills Supper Club in Southgate, Ky.

• In 1997, in Denver, Timothy McVeigh's attorneys rested their case in the Oklahoma City bombing trial. President Clinton paid tribute to the 50th anniversary of the Marshall Plan with a speech in the Netherlands in which he urged leaders to revive economies in the former Soviet bloc.

• In 2002, NBC announced that Brian Williams would succeed Tom Brokaw as anchor of its "Nightly News" after the 2004 presidential election.

• In 2006, Barry Bonds hit his 715th home run during the San Francisco Giants' 6-3 loss to the Colorado Rockies to slip past Babe Ruth and pull in right behind Hank Aaron's long-standing record of 755. Sam Hornish Jr. won the second-closest Indianapolis 500 ever.

In the world

• In 1533, the Archbishop of Canterbury, Thomas Cranmer, declared the marriage of England's King Henry VIII to Anne Boleyn valid.

• In 1937, Neville Chamberlain became prime minister of England.

• In 2002, NATO declared Russia a limited partner in the Western alliance. President Bush, in a one-on-one meeting inside the Vatican, told Pope John Paul II he was concerned about the Roman Catholic church's standing in America because of a sex-abuse scandal.

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