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This Day in History

Posted: Monday, June 07, 2004

In Alaska

• In 1868, the American flag was raised over Fort Wrangell, formerly known as Fort Stikine and Fort Dionysius.

• In 1940, a crew of 25 workmen began construction of Elmendorf Air Force Base near Anchorage. A memorial to the late Captain M. Elmendorf was dedicated in 1960. Elmendorf was killed at Wright Field in Dayton, Ohio, while testing a new type of pursuit plane.

• In 1942, Japanese troops occupied Attu Island at the end of the Aleutian chain.

• In 1950, the Federal Bureau of Mines Station was completed on Juneau (Mayflower) Island.

• In 1969, the M/V Tustumena docked at Anchorage. It was 58 feet longer than before and had 40 percent more space for vehicles and passengers. The "Trusty Tusty" - or the "Rusty Tusty" - provides service to the Aleutian Islands, Seward, Kodiak and other Prince William Sound ports.

In the nation

• In 1769, frontiersman Daniel Boone first began to explore present-day Kentucky.

• In 1776, Richard Henry Lee of Virginia proposed to the Continental Congress a resolution calling for a Declaration of Independence.

• In 1864, Abraham Lincoln was nominated for another term as president at his party's convention in Baltimore.

• In 1967, author-critic Dorothy Parker, famed for her caustic wit, died in New York.

• In 1972, the musical "Grease" opened on Broadway.

• In 1998, in a crime that shocked the nation, James Byrd Jr., a 49-year-old black man, was dragged to his death behind a pickup truck in Jasper, Texas. Two white men were later sentenced to death for the crime. A third received life in prison.

• In 1999, the FBI put alleged terrorist mastermind Osama Bin Laden and anti-abortion activist and accused doctor killer James Charles Kopp on the bureau's list of the Ten Most Wanted fugitives. Kopp was arrested in 2001 and later convicted of killing Dr. Barnett Slepian.



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