This Day in History

Posted: Monday, June 06, 2005

In Alaska

In 1900, the Act of June 6, 1900, providing for a Civil Code for Alaska, amending the Organic Act of 1884, which established the seat of government for the District of Alaska at Juneau.

In 1912, Mount Katmai on the Alaska Peninsula erupted, covering Kodiak and a number of smaller villages with ashes.

In 1914, a government survey party arrived at Ship Creek to begin a survey for a railroad to Fairbanks.

In 1947, Barbara Washburn became the first woman to reach the summit of Mt. McKinley .

In 1970, an Alaska Airlines 707 jet departed for Khabarovsk on the airline's inaugural Siberian tour.

In the nation

In 1925, Walter Percy Chrysler founded the Chrysler Corporation.

In 1933, the first drive-in movie theater opened in Camden, N.J.

In 1934, the Securities and Exchange Commission was established.

In 1966, black activist James Meredith was shot and wounded as he walked along a Mississippi highway to encourage black voter registration.

In 1978, California voters overwhelmingly approved Proposition 13, a primary ballot initiative calling for major cuts in property taxes.

In 1995, U.S. astronaut Norman Thagard broke NASA's space endurance record of 84 days, one hour and 16 minutes, aboard the Russian space station Mir.

In 2000, Unilever agreed to buy Bestfoods for $20.3 billion in a deal creating the world's biggest food company.

In 2004, world leaders, including President Bush and French President Jacques Chirac put aside their differences to commemorate the D-Day invasion that broke Nazi Germany's grip on continental Europe. "Avenue Q" won best musical at the Tony Awards, while "I Am My Own Wife" was named best play; Phylicia Rashad, who starred in a revival of "A Raisin in the Sun," became the first black actress to win a Tony for a leading dramatic role.

In the world

In 1844, the Young Men's Christian Association was founded in London.

In 1918, the World War I Battle of Belleau Wood, which resulted in a U.S. victory over the Germans, began in France.

In 1942, Japanese forces retreated in the World War II Battle of Midway.

In 1944, the D-Day invasion of Europe took place during World War II as Allied forces stormed the beaches of Normandy, France.

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