This Day in History

Posted: Monday, June 04, 2007

In Alaska, in the Nation and the World

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In Alaska

• In 1954, two pigeons were finally removed from the Juneau city library after taking two fast turns around the fiction section, stopping briefly at the periodicals before perching on a high light fixture. It took two police officers, a librarian and a length of rope to evict the birds.

• In 1964, Fairbanks police seized $35,000 worth of marijuana and arrested two on charges of "possession of a narcotic."

• In 1970, Alaska Airlines bought Alyeska Ski Corp.

In the nation

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

• In 1896, Henry Ford made a successful pre-dawn test run of his horseless carriage, called a "quadricycle," through the streets of Detroit.

• In 1947, the House of Representatives approved a House-Senate conference report on the Taft-Hartley Act.

• In 1997, at the Oklahoma City bombing trial, prosecutors urged the jury to sentence Timothy McVeigh to death, calling relatives of the victims to testify about their agonizing loss.

• In 2002, President Bush said the CIA and FBI had failed to communicate adequately before the Sept. 11 terror attacks; Congress began extraordinary closed-door hearings into intelligence lapses.

In the world

• In 1783, the Montgolfier brothers first publicly demonstrated their hot-air balloon, which did not carry any passengers, over Annonay, France.

• In 1784, Elizabeth Thible became the first woman to fly aboard a Montgolfier hot-air balloon, over Lyon, France.

• In 1878, the Ottoman Empire turned over control of Cyprus to the British.

• In 1940, the Allied military evacuation from Dunkirk, France, ended.

• In 1954, French Premier Joseph Laniel and Vietnamese Premier Buu Loc signed treaties in Paris according "complete independence" to Vietnam.

• In 1979, Joe Clark of the Progressive Conservatives became the 16th prime minister of Canada.

• In 1989, hundreds, possibly thousands, of people died as Chinese army troops stormed Beijing to crush a pro-democracy movement.

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